The Annual Physical Therapy Visit: Opportunites for Service Learning in Professional Education

Howell Tapley, Jeremy Houser, Tiffany Idlewine, John Kiesel, Douglas Stevens, Stasia Tapley


The Annual Physical Therapy Visit is promoted by the American Physical Therapy Association. Similar to an older adult who may see his/her medical provider annually, it is recommended that the aging adult see a physical therapist who will perform screening tests for strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and gait. Early detection of physical decline in aging may result in referral for physical therapy, wellness programming, or medical care. Community members and students experience mutual benefits.


community engagement, prevention, screening, rehabilitation

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