Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a key role

in restoring mobility and movement

Physical therapists treat individuals of all ages—from newborns to the elderly—who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Physical Therapy Assistant Alicia Helfrich shares a laugh with a patient.

Wes Byfield is back to work and free of the knee pain that once hampered him, thanks in large part to physical therapists who helped him regain strength and mobility after his knee-replacement surgery.

"They helped me get the use of my leg back," Byfield said. "I really didn’t have any idea what physical therapy was about until I went through it, but they worked with me on a lot of different exercises to strengthen all the muscles."

Now when Byfield stops by Coffey County Hospital to see the physical therapists, he walks in pain-free.

Byfield’s story is not unique. The rehabilitation services department at Coffey County Hospital provides approximately 500 treatments each month with conditions ranging from birth defects to sports injuries to stroke.

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