It’s National Physical Therapy Month

Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy Month?  ONS is proud of our exceptional team of physical therapists, dedicated physical therapy assistants and technicians who help

patients regain mobility in their lives every day.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) defines physical therapists (PTs) as licensed healthcare professionals who diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional status in all age populations.

Here are some interesting facts you may not know about physical therapy:

  • The profession of Physical Therapy was developed during World War One to treat wounded soldiers.

  • The first physical therapists were called “Reconstruction Aides.”

  • The first professional organization for physical therapy, the American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association, was formed in the 1930s. Back then, women dominated the field. The organization later became, and is still known, as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

  • The demand for physical therapists skyrocketed during World War Two due to medical advances that saved many lives but created a swell of injured soldiers returning home. The nationwide polio epidemic at this time also increased the demand for physical rehabilitation.

  • Trained physical therapy assistants came on to the scene in the 1970s, when the demand for physical therapists outpaced the number of licensed professionals.

  • Physical therapy is a broad field that includes orthopedics, post-operative care, neurologic rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation.

  • Physical therapists can also treat vertigo, headaches, dizziness and jaw pain. They help patients recover mobility from stroke, sports injuries and arthritis.

  • According to Forbes magazine, physical therapy ranks among the Top 10 “Happiest Jobs.”

  • The minimum educational requirement to become a physical therapist is a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited education program. ONS physical therapists hold doctorate level degrees and many are certified in advanced therapeutic techniques.


ONS Announces New Physical Therapy Director


Robert  joins us after serving as Facility Director for 14 years ONS Physical Therapy Directorat AON Physical Therapy in White Plains. Prior to that, he was the Physical Therapy Director at Empire Physical Therapy in Harrison and Recovery Physical Therapy in New York, NY. Early on in his career, Robert practiced as a physical therapist at Mount Sinai Sports Therapy Center in New York City and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains. In addition, Robert is currently a Lab Instructor at Mercy College of Physical Therapy in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and an Adjunct Professor in Health and Sports for Life at Westchester Community College.  He holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from SUNY at Westchester County, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a Master of Public Administration Degree in Public Health from New York University.