Richard Easley, who will be celebrating his 75th birthday this December, served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army as an expert mortarman. “It was one of the greatest experiences I ever had,” he said. He started coming to VA Butler Healthcare after he was discharged, given a disability rating for hurting his left leg in a parachute jump.
“Other Veterans need to come in to VA; I’ve been coming to VA Butler Healthcare since 1958, and I’ve always had good care,” said Richard. He comes to VA Butler for annual exams with his VA doctor and receives all of his medication through the VA, but perhaps what he is most familiar with is VA Butler’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department.
VA Butler provides full service rehabilitation for enrolled Veterans. Services range from artificial limb training and joint replacement therapies to hand therapy and stroke recovery. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and rehabilitative staff work together to return Veterans to the optimal independence in daily living while promoting and restoring their health.
After taking a bad fall and tearing his rotator cuff, Richard first came in for physical therapy. The physical therapy helped enough that he did not require any surgery. However, he later experienced knee problems which resulted in both right and left knee replacements. After each surgery at VA Pittsburgh, he came back to complete more physical therapy at VA Butler.
“The staff were all great, no matter who is taking care of you, they know everything you need to do,” said Richard. “I have finished up my physical therapy at VA Butler, but I am still doing my own exercises — the same exercises that they taught me, I do every day at home now.”
Physical therapy at VA Butler provides Veterans both inpatient and outpatient therapeutic treatment to reduce pain, inflammation, and movement restrictions. This may include heat/cold treatment, ultrasound, whirlpool, massage, along with therapeutic exercise programs to restore pain free functional movement. Services include individual instruction to maximize mobility, safety and independence.
To learn more about VA Butler’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services, Veterans may talk with their health care team, or call 800-362-8262, ext. 5047.