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 Streator, Ill. - October is National Physical Therapy Month and the perfect time for St. Mary’s Hospital to remind people why physical therapy is important. This month the country celebrates physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are trusted experts in improving quality of life and keeping patients healthy. It is their job to significantly improve mobility, manage or eliminate pain, and help keep patients fit and active.

Physical therapy is used to treat any injury or illness that results in physical impairment or loss of function. One of the unique benefits of physical therapy is that it can, in many cases, provide an alternative to surgery as well as eliminating pain without having to use medication and suffering its side effects.

There are several reasons to see a physical therapist, including low back pain, a running injury, diabetes, frozen shoulder, pelvic pain, stroke, fractures, spinal cord injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sports injuries, amputations, arthritis and more. Specialty services are offered in physical therapy on the main campus for urinary incontinence, lymphedema, and vestibular rehab. Aquatic physical therapy is also available at the Streator YMCA.

St. Mary’s team consists of talented colleagues who have a strong reputation for clinical quality, effective outcomes and positive customer service. Together they provide flexible physical therapy services customized to meet an individual’s specific needs. Specialty services are offered in physical therapy on the main campus for urinary incontinence, lymphedema, and vestibular rehab. Aquatic physical therapy is also available at the Streator YMCA.

The hospital offers Outpatient rehabilitation services at three convenient locations, including St. Mary’s Main Campus, 111 Spring Street, Streator, Therapy Services North, 501 Oakley Avenue, Streator, and St. Mary’s Health Care- Ottawa Therapy Services, 1640 First Ave. (RT 23), Ottawa. Therapy is also available through their Home Health program.

“Physical Therapists at St. Mary’s offer services to a large variety of patients from all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric patients,” says Don Damron, physical therapist and director of ambulatory services at St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Health Care – Ottawa. “Being able to offer flexible scheduling at three convenient locations throughout the community, makes it easier for our patients to receive the care they need.”

As a celebration of National Physical Therapy Month, St. Mary’s will have special goodies and giveaways for physical therapy patients throughout October.