Baptist Health Corbin: Integrated Physical Therapy
Physical therapist Ashley Dalton discusses how speech, physical and occupational therapy can help patients regain their strength and independence after injury, trauma or surgery.
Integrated Physical Therapy Health Talks Transcript
Ashley Dalton, Physical Therapy
As physical therapists, we assess impairments and limitations that patients have that are affecting their ability to participate at home, community and at work. We use things such as exercises, balance training, and working on gait to try and get them back to that level of independence.
Linda Ealy, Annville, Kentucky
Isaac had been in a really terrible ATV accident. We didn’t know if he was going to make it or not. All the impact was to his head, so he had a severe traumatic brain injury. Even after he passed the stage of “Oh, he’s going to make it,” then his prognosis wasn’t great. He is having to re-learn everything again — to walk, to talk, to eat.
It is not very common to have a facility with speech, OT and PT all at once. It’s good because we can work together and make sure we are addressing everything that needs to be addressed to get them back to their independence.
The therapists here, they take time to get to know you and your individual needs, and they tailor therapy to fit each individual. They’re passionate about what they do, and they really take a personal interest in Isaac. That’s something that I can appreciate as a mother.”
It’s really fulfilling, because you see people who come in and can’t really stand up on their own, can’t walk, and then you see them walking out on their own with a cane. You feel like you have a purpose.