Physical Therapy

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Oct 27, 2015

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Every year thousands of seniors utilize physical therapy to get back on their feet. Reasons may include: recovering from a joint replacement, chronic or acute pain in any part of the body, stroke, balance and falls, recovering from an extended illness, and declining strength and function. The primary goal of physical therapy is to help alleviate pain and restore function and return independence. Most people are aware that you can receive physical therapy in your home through a home health agency when you are required to be homebound. Many people may not know there is another option to receive the therapy they need. Those who may not qualify for home health services or are no longer technically homebound can receive the therapy they need in the comfort of their own home. Much like an old fashioned doctors house call you can receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in your home that is paid for by most insurances including Medicare part B, Medicare HMO , and secondary insurance benefits.

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Jim Harrison, DPT. Jim is a Physical Therapist with South Mountain Home Rehabilitation. He can be reached at 801-523-6376 or . Visit his website

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