Physical Therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. PT is appropriate for many types of patients from infants with developmental delays to adults suffering from the after effects of injury or surgery to elderly post stroke patients. The purpose of physical therapy is to get a person back to the point where he or she can perform normal, everyday activities without difficulty. Joint range of motion and strengthening are the primary focus of most physical therapy sessions. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants provide exercises designed to preserve the strength and use of your joints. They show you the best was to move from one position to another and can also teach you how to use walking aids such as crutches, walkers or canes, if necessary.
Signs Help May Be Needed
PTs work with a wide range of ages and diagnoses, both pediatric and adult. In our pediatric practice, PT may be warranted if any of the following signs or symptoms are noticed:
· Joint pain
· Problems with balance or mobility
· Post surgery
· Sports injuries
· Orthopedic disabilities
· Cerebral palsy
· Developmental delays
PT can also help adults following an injury, joint replacement or those who’ve experienced a stroke or other neurological challenges.
Meet our Physical Therapy Team
Rachel Conant received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at Oakland University in 2002. She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, acute and sub-acute rehab and has experience working with both adults and children. She lives in the Jackson area with her husband, 3 children, and 2 dogs. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, softball, and attending MSU football and basketball games.
Paige Drysdale received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Kellogg Community College in 2013. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings including a skilled nursing facility, a hospital inpatient setting and outpatient clinics. She worked at Comprehensive on a very part time basis in 2016 then returned in 2017 for full time work. Outside of work, Paige enjoys kayaking on the Kalamazoo River, quilting, and spending time with her pets and family.
What PT looks like
Like OT, PT looks a lot like play in the pediatric setting. Games and activities are chosen by the therapists for each child that will help that child. Games like hopscotch are played to help improve balance, body awareness and coordination and stomping bubbles helps prepare that child to be able to balance on one foot to improve independence with dressing.