Physical Therapy Month spotlights the role of PTs in helping COVID-19 patients recover

PM&R's physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and physical therapy aides have demonstrated their teamwork during the pandemic.

The UC Davis Health physical therapy team has played a vital role in helping COVID-19 patients recover and return home to their families – and October, as National Physical Therapy Month, is the perfect time to recognize and thank therapists for their contributions during the pandemic.

At the beginning of the health emergency, the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) team didn’t know what to expect, but one thing was clear: they were going to help patients recover from COVID-19 to the best of their ability.

Because movement is key in the recovery process, physical therapists helped patients with their mobility to facilitate faster healing. Some colleagues volunteered to take the lead as designated therapists on the COVID floors.

The therapists reported seeing patients who felt fine but had difficulty performing basic actions – such as getting out of bed, sitting up, or walking – without running out of breath or feeling extremely tired. They worked with patients so they could regain their strength and abilities, and eventually return home.

As they have for so many of us, the past seven months have been tough on the PM&R physical therapy team – but they helped each other in every way possible throughout the pandemic. Embodying the spirit of “strength in numbers,” the physical therapy team received substantial help from fellow Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists in helping patients recover and in coping with these challenging times.

During Physical Therapy Month, be sure to thank our PTs – and all their colleagues in PM&R – for their dedication and tireless efforts!