Physical therapy is a treatment that utilizes a wide variety of procedures to restore function to the body, reduce pain and help prevent future injury. The overall goal of physical therapy is to improve mobility, strength, and functional ability, so that patients can reach their highest functional levels and optimal quality of life.
A physical therapist begins by conducting a thorough evaluation of an individual’s physical capabilities through both a medical history and a physical evaluation. The physical therapist then uses his/her knowledge to shape a treatment care plan containing a progressive exercise program that is appropriate to each patient’s needs. The physical therapist monitors progress, assists with some physical movements and continuously modifies the plan as the patient recovers.
Physical therapy can be provided for impairments caused by a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: orthopedic conditions, back pain, joint pain, neuromuscular/neurovascular disorders, stroke, brain injury, chronic pain and other complex medical problems.
Physical therapy utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatments, physical exercises, advanced technologies, modalities, educational programs and hands-on treatments to begin the rehabilitation process and to help patients’ achieve their specific goals in rehabilitation.
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