October is National Physical Therapy Month

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) joins other organizations in recognizing October as National Physical Therapy Month. This month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the many benefits of physical therapy, and to appreciate what physical therapists do to transform lives. SOS is especially proud to recognize all the members of the SOS Orthopedic and Sports Therapy team who work with patients each day to help patients prevail or recover from injury.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) began to celebrate Physical Therapy Week in the early 1980s. The week was initially observed in conjunction with APTA's annual conference in June and was later moved to October. The week evolved and the first NPTM was celebrated October 1992.

Stacy Griffith joint replacement PT

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy helps improve and restore movement and function, manage pain, reduce the symptoms of many chronic conditions and diseases, and recover from and prevent injury. Physical therapists identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. They help people maintain or restore as much function as possible.

Physical therapists and PTAs empower people to take an active role in their care. They work with each other, and other health care providers, to make sure patients receive the best care. Working with a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant helps enable patients to restore function or activity after injury or surgery.


Why SOS Orthopedic and Sports Therapy?

The SOS O&ST team specializes in the evaluation and treatment of both non-operative orthopedic injuries and conditions as well as pre-operative and post-operative procedures. The professionals at SOS O&ST, physical and occupational therapists, know that physical function and movement are very important to health, wellness, and fitness. They understand that disruption to physical abilities impacts a patient’s ability to earn a living and even their independence, and they are committed to helping each patient achieve their individual goals and return to their everyday activities.

SOS OS&T has five locations around Syracuse, in Camillus, North Syracuse, East Syracuse, Liverpool, and Dewitt, offering easy access to our community. The close relationship with the physicians at SOS makes the team uniquely equipped to make the physical and occupational therapy experience the most effective and efficient possible. Patients can receive physical therapy anywhere, but the SOS comprehensive model of care is designed to enhance communication amongst the entire care team to expedite recovery. 

Recently, Stacy Griffith, PT, Cert MTD, was named the Director of the SOS Orthopedic & Sports Therapy department. He will lead the department which works collaboratively with SOS surgeons and other referring providers. “We have a great team at SOS – every day I see the hard work and passion they bring to their patients,” Griffith said. “I am proud to be part of SOS and look forward to building relationships with the community, and I am thrilled to recognize the outstanding work our PTs do in October and every month.”

Griffith notes that SOS O & ST continues to overachieve when it comes to patient outcomes and satisfaction. On average our clinicians achieve:

  • 98.4% Patient satisfaction score.
  • Duration of care 12 days shorter than national average.
  • 3 less visits per case compared to national average.

*Statistics based on National Data Base, FOTO Inc.

Learn more about SOS OS&T and how we can help restore function and movement.