Rehabbing Airman back into the fight

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson
  • 1st Special Operations Wing Pubic Affairs
Physical therapists from the 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron use rehab to help recovering Airmen regain their ability to accomplish the mission.

When an Air Commando is injured during physical training, work or recovering from recent surgery, their primary care manager will recommend visiting physical therapy technicians at the 1st SOMDOS.

Physical therapy is offered to all active duty service members at Hurlburt Field. It is primarily concerned with the remediation of injuries and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention.

"Our primary focus is to give the best possible care to our patients and to rehab them to get back into the fight." said Senior Airman David Curley, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of physical therapy for 1st SOMDOS.

The technicians are very dedicated on making sure all their patients are healthy and ready to return to the fight by using techniques including muscle group strengthening, range of motion, and flexibility training with their patient.

"I wasn't able to run," said Airman 1st Class Aaron Mosher, aerospace ground equipment mechanic for the 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron. "They were able to help me continue running with my flight."

On average, the technicians see 25 to 30 patients on a daily basis, usually working with them for one to one and a half hours. Most of the Airmen seen are post-surgery patients recovering from knee or shoulder repairs and attend physical therapy for about six months.

Physical therapy for Hurlburt Field is held in high esteem for the technicians rehab the active duty populations on base to get the "boots back on the ground" following an injury.

"It's rewarding to see someone after an injury to come back to us five to six months later, excited about what they accomplished on their PT test," said Airman 1st Class Jakarrious Marshall, 1st SOMDOS physical therapy technician.