What is Physical Therapy?

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What is Physical Therapy?

What is Physical Therapy?

For many people, an injury, chronic pain, or other condition will prevent participation in the activities they enjoy. Your physician may have referred you to physical therapy. How can physical therapy put motion back in your life?

Physical therapists are experts at movement who are trained to optimize function, improve motion, and ultimately, live better! They will assess your condition and help you regain maximum functional mobility and independence. Physical therapists use a variety of treatment modalities and techniques to help you move better and feel better. These interventions include hands-on therapy, exercises, and stretching maneuvers. Treatment is highly individualized, cutting edge, and research-based with the goal of getting you back to life.

Through focused home exercise plans and individual attention, these professionals help patients restore their range of motion, build strength, improve flexibility, and manage pain as they recover.

Who benefits from Physical Therapy?

If you have an injury or illness that results in pain, physical impairment, limited movement, or a loss of function, a physical therapist can help. Some patients are referred to physical therapy by their physician, while other patients seek therapy directly.

The benefits of physical therapy include:

  • Prevents the onset and/or slow the progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease, and other causes
  • Manages pain with reduced need for opioids
  • Improves mobility and movement
  • Aids in recovery from injury, trauma, stroke, or paralysis
  • Prevents falls
  • Improves balance
  • Manages age-related medical problems
  • Help prevent the need for surgery

Physical therapists treat people across the entire lifespan. Many therapists have certifications or specializations to treat a certain population, like children, the elderly, or athletes. Regardless of age, if you have a condition that is preventing you from enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle, a physical therapy evaluation may be beneficial.