MMH celebrates physical therapy

Ag and Business News | 10/19/2016 |

 Physical therapy assistant Ally Medeles, pictured at left, and physical therapist Leah Hoyer show a recumbent bike, one of the many pieces of equipment they use to treat patients at MMH. —Johnson Publications photo
Physical therapy assistant Ally Medeles, pictured at left, and physical therapist Leah Hoyer show a recumbent bike, one of the many pieces of equipment they use to treat patients at MMH. —Johnson Publications photo

By Mike McFarland

American Physical Therapy Association celebrates National Physical Therapy Month in October as therapists continue to improve lives every day.

The celebration started in 1992 as what APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, called “an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the transformative power of physical therapy,” according to the ATPA website.

Melissa Memorial Hospital physical therapist Leah Hoyer emphasized the ultimate goal of physical therapy. “We work at trying to bring people back up to their highest level of function,” she said. Hoyer works with physical therapy assistant Ally Medeles to help her patients reach this goal.

Hoyer has worked in the field for more than 40 years. In that time, the field has evolved.“It’s grown in its sophistication and scope of practice with better research,” she said.

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