PTIS maximizes community access to Physical Therapy (PT) services through clinician and student outreach at the local, national and international level.
A BIT ABOUT US
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
Physical Therapy International Service Foundation (PTIS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free physical therapy (PT) services to underserved populations while providing a platform for student physical therapists to learn clinical skills. PTIS implements programs that involve PT services to low-income and high-need communities on the local, national, and international levels. PTIS’ goal is to improve people’s quality of life by decreasing pain, improving function, and providing self-care strategies for long lasting effects. PTIS also strives to help students in PT programs around the world to learn practical skills with coaching from licensed physical therapists (PTs). PTIS’ service work is based on the latest research on effective treatments of pain management, musculoskeletal disorders, and functional optimization.
Here at Physical Therapy International Service Foundation, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2018, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit upon: servicing and making a difference for those who need it the most. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.
One Step at a Time
STATEMENT OF NEED
As movement experts, PTs can optimize biomechanics, improve function, and significantly augment quality of life. This can be done both by preventing injury through educational programs as well as rehabilitating people who have existing movement deficits from past injuries. Often, the “underserved” or the “disadvantaged” are those who lack financial resources or have physical, gender, racial, age, or economic barriers. They are often also seen as the elderly, women, children, minorities, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. There is a disparity between the advantaged and disadvantaged communities in receiving PT. Without the resources to seek medical attention or information, underserved populations can experience more injury and illness. PTs have the ability to address many of these barriers and are essential to augmenting quality of life to anyone with movement dysfunction.
PTIS strives to improve movement and function in vulnerable communities through partnerships with on-site coordinators and existing organizations, particularly during the time of COVID-19. In pursuit of servicing underprivileged communities that have a need for PT services, students and licensed PTs will bring free evaluative measures, treatment plans, and educational workshops. Following discussions with the on-site coordinator(s) regarding the patient population and demographics, licensed PTs and students will devise a plan of care for the service project. On-site coordinators will help coordinate logistics, secure necessary approval and paperwork, recruit all patients, and liaise with PTIS program organizers.
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