Physical therapy is a physical medicine that brings “Motion to Life” by improving mobility and function. Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants provide services to help relieve pain, restore function, improve mobility and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities that can be a result of injury or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.
Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants treat athletes, accident victims, people with chronic conditons and those with progressive and disabling conditions. More and more therapists are also working with people who want to prevent injuries or are looking to reduce the affects of degeneratives diseases.
Physical Therapists examine patients’ medical histories, test and measure strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture and motor function. They develop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose and the anticipated outcome. Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized or had surgery and lack flexibility, strength or endurance. Manual therapy is often used to reduce pain and increase function and includes massage, myofascial release and joint mobilization of the spine and extremities. Our therapists have been trained beyond the usual physical therapy curriculum in “hands-on” treatment strategies to help patients reach their prior level of function in the most timely manner possible. Gait analysis is also used to better determine a patient’s walking or running mechanics. Orthotics may be prescribed to help correct genetics or misalignments brought about by years of improper posture or misalignment.
Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants often consult and practice with a variety of healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, educators, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
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