Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

What Conditions do Physical Therapists Treat?

  1. Back & Neck Pain
  2. Balance Deficits
  3. Carpal Tunnel
  4. Gait Dysfunctions
  5. Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident
  6. Neurological Deficits
  7. Orthopedic Injuries
  8. Plantar Fascitis
  9. Post-Surgical Conditions
  10. Sciatica
  11. Scoliosis
  12. Spinal Cord Injuries
  13. Spinal Disc Injuries
  14. Sports Injuries
  15. Stroke
  16. Tendonitis & Bursitis
  17. Total Joint Replacement
  18. Vestibular Problems
  19. Women's Health Issues
  20. Work Related Injuries
  21. And Many More!

What treatments can I expect?

Every patient has an initial evaluation, at which time they sit down with the Physical Therapist and describe how they are feeling, what makes them feel better and or worse, what daily and recreational activities they are able to do and what things they cannot do. The most important issue is what the patient's goals are. The therapist will then measure motion in the joints, test strength, and palpate for areas of pain. After the evaluation is done, the therapist will explain the findings to the patient, what treatments the patient will receive and review the patient's goals and therapist's goals to make sure everyone is in agreement. Subsequent visits typically occur two to three times per week, depending on the patient's needs. These sessions can include exercises, stretches, hands-on care by the therapist or therapist's assistant, various modalities to help decrease pain and/or inflammation and an educational component.

As you progress, the exercises will also be progressed to include specific sport and/or work related simulation exercises if necessary. A re-evaluation will be completed approximately every thirty days to assess your progress. Each re-evaluation will be faxed to your physician to keep him or her updated. When all goals are sufficiently met, as decided by you, your therapist and your physician, you will be discharged to an independent home exercise program.



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