The Department of Physical Therapy provides treatment and motor-skill assessment to more than a 1,000 migrant farm workers and their children in South Georgia. For the past 16 years, the school’s physical therapy students and faculty have traveled to Moultrie in south Georgia to examine and treat migrant farm workers and their families for a variety of repetitive motion disorders.
Working with health care students from around the state, Georgia State students screen migrant children for physical developmental delays at a summer program in a nearby elementary school. In the evenings, they set up outdoor health clinics near the fields to allow adult workers easy access during breaks. Upon referral from nursing and nurse practitioner students, workers with low back and neck pain or repetitive stress injuries come to the physical therapy students for treatment.