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If you experience an acute health issue and are admitted to a hospital, emergency department, intensive care unit, long-term care facility, or skilled nursing facility, you will likely be seen by a team of medical specialists.

That team should include a physical therapist. Why? Because working with a physical therapist after an acute health issue helps prevent a decline in mobility.  It also can improve patient outcomes, may reduce hospital stays, and better ensures safe discharge home or to a rehabilitation facility.

In this episode, Traci Norris, PT, DPT, board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, discusses the key benefits of acute care physical therapy. She also shares why she urges people in acute health situations to make sure that a physical therapist is part of their treatment plan.

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Traci Norris

Traci Norris, PT, DPT, board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, is a rehabilitation specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She leads groups and initiatives around evidence-based practice and best practice initiatives, and has more than 18 years of patient care experience. She is chair of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy’s Practice Committee, and a clinical community representative of the Education Leadership Partnership.

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