Listening Time — 26:34
If you visit the emergency room or get admitted to the hospital you will encounter many medical specialists. One of them should be physical therapist.
Why? Physical therapy during or after an acute health issue helps prevent a loss of mobility. It also can improve outcomes and reduce the length of your hospital stay. Physical therapists also help you safely discharge home.
Physical therapist Traci Norris discusses the key benefits of acute care physical therapy. She also shares why you will want to make sure that a physical therapist is part of your hospital treatment plan.
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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 initiatives around evidence-based best practice. She is chair of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy’s Practice Committee.