Physical Therapy Staff Treat Pain and Give Back

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Physical Therapy Staff Give to Food ShelfDuring National Physical Therapy Month in October, the 11-person physical therapy team at Glacial Ridge Hospital highlighted their profession while also giving back to the community. For a free-will donation or non-perishable food or hygiene items, employees were treated to a 10-minute massage by the physical therapy staff.

Representing Pope County Hearts and Hands Food Shelf, Shirley Zempke gratefully accepted the donated items and $115 given by Glacial Ridge Health System staff.

Pictured with Shirley Zemke are some of the Physical Therapy staff. Front: Zemke, Brianna Gustafson, Amy Barfknecht, and MiKayla Christensen. Back: Kacia Kollman, Amanda Volesky, Craig Curry, and Mike Vig.

Physical therapists at Glacial Ridge Hospital have expertise in a variety of specialty areas to treat muscular skeletal conditions, neurological conditions, pelvic floor conditions, sports and work-related injuries. The highly skilled therapy team works collaboratively with other members of the patient’s healthcare team to help patients manage pain, restore function, and prevent further injury.

Don’t mask the pain, treat it!

You’ve heard a lot in the news about opioids recently, and it is a serious problem the medical community is looking to resolve. Did you know that Physical Therapy is a safe alternative to opioids for pain management following surgery or a major injury? Physical therapists treat pain through movement and exercise, helping patients improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Physical therapists also educate their patients about pain, which is known to improve outcomes.

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