SHC Rehab Department to Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month


Nicole Keysor, Physical Therapist, demonstrates a range of motion test on Derek Johnson, physical therapy student.

October is recognized as National Physical Therapy Month and the Rehabilitation Department at Sidney Health Center is hosting an open house on Tuesday, October 29 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM for the general public.

Everyone is invited to stop by over their lunch break and tour the rehab gym. The staff will be serving root beer floats and be available to visit about the services provided within the rehab department. Information will be available on the proper ergonomic computer setup to help prevent neck pain and other potential consequences related to a poor desk setup. Other information will include ways to help reduce knee pain with activity.

In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to register for a chance to win great gifts including an iPod Nano and free physical therapy consultations.

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who evaluate and treat individuals of all ages and health conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities of daily living. Physical therapists examine the individuals and develop a plan to provide treatment techniques to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability, as well as develop fitness and wellness programs for a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Sidney Health Center’s rehabilitation team has five physical therapists on staff including Kirby Halvorson, who is also the department manager, Viola Anderson, Jace Everett, Nicole Keysor and Amanda Piatte. Other staff members include Vince McGlothlin, occupational therapist, Chris Mullin, rehab aid and Juanita Johnson, front desk. The rehabilitation staff at Sidney Health Center work together to help individuals in the hospital, extended care, and outpatient rehab area.

Many associate the physical therapy profession in addressing impairments such as knee pain, sports injuries and helping an individual walk following a trauma incident. Physical therapists have a large scope of practice that also addresses the following impairments:

Orthopedic conditions

Back and neck pain, headaches, osteoporosis, chronic pain.

Joint and soft tissue injuries

Sprains, strains, dislocation, fractures, following joint replacements, rotator cuff repairs, TMJ.

Neurological conditions

Stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), ALS, Spinal Cord Injuries, Amputations.

Connective Tissue conditions

Burns, ulcers, wounds

Arthritic conditions

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia.

Systematic Diseases

Cancer, AIDS, diabetes.

Cardiopulmonary Disorders

Congestive heart failure, heart attack.

Workplace injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome, cumulative trauma, neck/back pain.

Sports Injuries

Overuse such as knee pain, trauma such as fractures, ACL, meniscus.

Vestibular conditions

BPPV, vertigo.

Woman’s and Men’s Health

Incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction.


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