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On Aug. 8, 2018, Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee received a special guest.


Justin Moore, the CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association visited the facility to discuss new developments in physical therapy, meet with members of the Life Care team and tour the facility’s state-of-the-art therapy gym. Moore said he is excited about advancements that are being made in the field of physical therapy.


“Physical therapy has been shown to be a great alternative for pain management,” Moore explained. “This [research] has been a big opportunity for us to really promote that there are safer and more effective ways to manage your health.”


Moore also explained why he believes physical therapy plays a vital role in skilled nursing centers.


“People are discovering the benefits of exercise and activity-based care. So in a post-acute care setting like here at Life Care, your clinicians know that if you get a patient out of bed and get them moving, you’re going to get them closer to their goals. Therapists know that if they get a patient into the rehab gym sooner and are working with them, they’re going to have a better outcome.”


APTA is a national organization that focuses on ways to improve the overall health and quality of life of individuals of all ages. It works to advance the physical therapy practice through education, research and awareness.