What is Physical Therapy?

The art and science of assessing and restoring motion (motion of a particular joint or body part or a particular movement pattern). The only profession that can do that.

PT addresses and handles the underlying CAUSE of a patient’s problem.

A PT’s Assessment
  • Comprehensive – to determine what treatment approach is appropriate.

    Example: Back pain with radicular symptoms in lower extremities remains same whether or not MRI confirms disk herniation.
  • Focus: Decrease acute pain, restore normal joint and myofascial mobility, decrease nerve irritation.
Reasons to go to Physical Therapy
  • Helps to heal faster.
  • Improves function.
  • Restores motion.
  • Prevents future injury.
  • Decreases Pain.
What Conditions are Best Helped by PT?
  • Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Decreased Function
  • Inflammation
  • Painful conditions: Back, Neck, Shoulder, Knee, etc.
  • Rehabilitation: Post-operative, Injuries, Strokes, etc.
Frequently Overlooked Conditions
  • Someone at risk for falls.
  • Someone at risk for additional injury due to compensations, weakness, poor body mechanics.
  • Someone at risk for other health complications.
  • Someone whose condition will worsen without intervention.
  • Someone whose strength or motion is less than 80% of normal.
  • Someone who has pain that is limiting their daily function.
  • Someone who has other limitations (endurance, strength, ambulation) that limit their self care and daily function.