Physical therapy

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment that helps individuals develop, maintain and restore maximum body movement and physical function. The physical therapist can help you recover from an injury, relieve pain, prevent future injury or deal with a chronic condition. It can be applied at any age or stage of life. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to improve health and quality of life.

Treatment begins with an evaluation where problem areas are identified and a personalized plan of care is developed incorporating your goals in order to return you to your highest obtainable level of function and independence as soon as possible. Treatment includes patient education to allow you to better understand your condition or injury and learn methods of prevention such as exercises or proper body mechanics to limit the possibility of re-injury or re-occurrence.

What can be treated with physical therapy

Some conditions that can benefit from this type of treatment are:

  • Hand therapy for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction such as back pain, rotator cuff tears, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injuries
  • Pediatric conditions such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy
  • Sports-related injuries, such as concussion and tennis elbow

Benefits of Physical Therapy

  • Pain management with reduced need for pain medications
  • Avoiding surgery
  • Improved mobility and movement
  • Recovery from injury or trauma
  • Recovery from stroke or paralysis
  • Fall prevention
  • Improved balance
  • Management of age-related medical problems

If you are an athlete you can also benefit from physical therapy to maximize your performance through strengthening specific parts of the body and using muscles in new ways.

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