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.
- 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.
- Helps to heal faster.
- Improves function.
- Restores motion.
- Prevents future injury.
- Decreases Pain.
- Joint Stiffness
- Muscle Spasm
- Difficulty Walking
- Decreased Function
- Painful conditions: Back, Neck, Shoulder, Knee, etc.
- Rehabilitation: Post-operative, Injuries, Strokes, etc.
- 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.