What is Physical Therapy For?
Physical Therapy (PT) helps those who have various injuries, impairments and debilitating conditions to improve movement and manage pain. It is for people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy; injuries related to work and sports; and other conditions. Some benefits include gaining an understanding of preventative care; improved body mechanics, strength, balance and independence. Our Physical Therapists use a variety of techniques to care for you. These techniques include training in functional movement and use of adaptive equipment; neuro-developmental treatment (NDT); vestibular rehabilitation; therapeutic exercises which may include aquatic therapy; stretches; and skilled manipulation of joints, muscles, and other soft tissue to improve mobility and decrease pain.
At your first therapy session, your therapist will examine and assess your needs. They’ll ask you questions about your pain or other symptoms, your ability to move or do everyday tasks, and your medical history. The objective is to determine a diagnosis of your condition, why you have the condition, including impairments that either caused or are a result of the condition, then develop a plan of care to address each.
The treatment plan they create with you will be individualized and focused on your specific needs. For example, a patient working to recover mobility lost after a stroke needs care different from that of a patient recovering from a sports injury. Your Physical Therapists may also help you maintain or improve mobility by developing fitness and wellness programs that encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Our therapists work as part of a healthcare team by collaborating with other therapists, physicians, surgeons, and specialists to develop and implement your individualized treatment plan.
Reaching Your Goals
When our physical therapists work with you to create a treatment plan, it will include your personal goals like functioning and feeling better, plus exercises or other treatments to help you reach them. You may take less or more time to reach those goals than other people in physical therapy. Everyone is different. Your therapist will watch your progress and adjust your treatments as necessary. They may also teach and provide you with exercises you may do at home between sessions. This will help you stay on track and keep improving. Our ultimate goal is to help you reach yours.