Physical Therapy is available Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This department offers massage therapy, aquatic physical therapy, treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction and neurological rehabilitation, as well as sports medicine.
Debra Wittman, P.T./Director of Physical Therapy
Christa Kelly, P.T.
Jacob Slusser, M.P.T.
Tiffany Blasa, M.P.T.
Gracie Johnson, P.T.A.
Alex Pruitt, P.T.A.
Miranda Taylor, P.T.A.
Tammy Halcom, Assistant Office Manager
Joan Schaefer, Office Manager
What is Physical Therapy?
Helping people lead more active lives, Physical Therapy is the treatment and education for the prevention of illness and injury. It can help to improve circulation, restore motion, relieve pain, prevent injury, strengthen muscles, correct deformities and promote healing.
The goal of Physical Therapy is to help patients attain "normal" function by helping them achieve independence. Muscles often lose strength after illness or injury and must be reconditioned in order to perform efficiently. Injured joints often become stiff and painful, needing to be stretched and strengthened to return them to their maximum potential.
All treatments in Physical Therapy are aimed at helping the patient return to home, work or school in order to resume daily responsibilities.
Almost everyone can benefit from Physical Therapy: survivors of accidents, cancer patients, athletes, burn victims, newborns, children with cerebral palsy, pregnant women, employees returning to work after an injury, post-stroke patients and those with arthritis or spinal cord injury, to name a few.
What do Physical Therapists do?
Physical Therapists take subjective information from patients regarding why the patient is in therapy, where the pain and/or troubles lie and what problems the patient may be having completing activities needed for school, work and around their homes.
Therapists also take objective measurements including range of motion, muscle strength, sensation testing and joint mobility to supplement the patient's complaints. By combining this information, the therapist can set goals that the patient should be able to achieve while in therapy to become as independent and functional as possible.
Therapists use a wide variety of interventions to achieve these goals including:
- Hot and cold
- Electrical stimulation and other modalities
- Exercise and manual techniques such as mobilization and massage
All the while, therapists are continually communicating with the patient to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatments as well as to explain what is being done and the rationale behind the clinical decisions. Finally, Physical Therapists communicate with the patient's doctor to report progress toward the goals.
Community Education Events
- Osteoporosis - Covers anatomy, posture, intervention and exercise
- Stress Management - Discussion of how to lower stress to a manageable level
- Industrial Back Injury Prevention - Educates employees on proper posture and lifting techniques
- Mr. Backbones - Educates area fifth graders in proper posture, lifting and prevention of low back pain
- Sports Specific Stretching - Designed for coaches and athletes to prevent injuries
- Urinary Incontinence - Increases community awareness of this treatable symptom
Our director, Deb Wittman, PT, would be happy to assist you.
Call (618) 498-8480 or fax (618) 498-8493 for additional information.