Dr.Seebacher launches new cable TV series " Hudson Valley Health Topics"
By Suzanne Rothberg
Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Seebacher launched his new cable TV 'Hudson Valley Medical Topics.' A program produced through his practice Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, with two offices located in Hawthorne and Yonkers. The program features physicians and health care professionals discussing a myriad of health and medical related content.
To kick off the series, Dr. Seebacher speaks with Dr. Richard Giordano of Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy. The are colleagues and friends for more than thirty years. Dr. Giordano spoke about launching a new career in physical therapy and the various benefits.
Dr. Giordano has been a physical therapist since 1971. Dr. Giordano first employment was at NYU Medical Center from 1970-73. Then he was hired by Phelps Memorial Hospital, as their new Director of Physical Therapy, from 1973-1977. In 1977, that same year, he opened up his own practice in Tarrytown. Since, his physical therapy practice has expanded to three offices in Sleepy Hollow, Hawthorne and Yonkers.
Sleepy Hollow-Tarrytown Community News spoke with Dr. Giordano.
"Physical therapy has evolved significantly in terms of the educational requirements to become a licensed physical therapist in New York State—it used to be limited to a bachelor's degree and two or three years of physical sciences and physical therapy education," explained Dr. Giordano in Seebacher's interview. He continued, "You also needed one year internship to qualify to take the New York State licensing exam. All the schools are accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association and approved by each individual State Department of Education to meet the various state requirements for the state-licensing exam."
Dr. Giordano also noted that a student interested in a career in physical therapy today, needs to go through seven years of rigorous training.
"They can take basic sciences for four years and if they choose to they can then go through a doctorate program in Physical Therapy," said Dr. Giordano. That's one route, the second route, the students can make their decision early on if they know for sure that they want to become a physical therapist and commit themselves to the formal seven-year program at a particular school. The schools insist that the students participate in an internship for 100 hours or they can apply for a physical therapy school. This gives them the opportunity to make sure that they're positive that this is the direction that they want to go. There are many aspects in physical therapy particularly involving orthopedic physical therapy, thoracic physical therapy, pediatric physical therapy, respiratory physical therapy, geriatric therapy, etc."
"I guess physical therapy used to be something that was set up by each hospital and by each doctor's office and then it became licensed and accredited sometime in the 1940's -1950s? Asked Dr. Seebacher.
Dr. Seebacher mentioned that in the past patients requiring physical therapy could only be treated with a doctor's prescription. Today, there are far more options as physical therapists advance their physical training. In order to assist a patient, the therapist has to customize a regimen based on the patient's needs and focus on regaining strength, function, mobility and balance.
"Today, they won their right in New York State to treat patients on their own without being referred by a physician," Dr. Seebacher noted. "They should have a physician aware that they are in physical therapy and what is the problem, what are the goals and what are the restrictions. Some patients experience arthritis or pain in their hips or arthritis in their backs as well—that as we design a regimen the first order of business is to evaluate what's wrong with them and what's holding them back—it may require drugs or shots or sometimes surgery to stop that problem and then from there to retrain them to improve their strength and flexibility."
To find out more about physical therapy see the video which accompanies this story.
For information about physical therapy services contact:
Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy
has offices in Sleepy Hollow, Hawthorne and Yonkers, New York
www.sleepyhollowpt.com web site
Monique@sleepyhollowpt.com office manager
To find out more about physicians, services and topics discussed in the program
Contact Dr. Seebacher at his office:
Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons
Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, New York
For more information on upcoming "Hudson Valley Health Topics" programs, stay tuned to Community Media on Hudson Channel 15 website