What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a healthcare profession focused on the restoration of an individual’s optimal functional ability. When you begin with physical therapy, you are provided with an initial evaluation, a functional diagnosis based on impairments, and prescribed with a program. Each program is individualized based on the found impairments and working diagnosis to begin returning you back to your quality of life albeit work status, athletic ability, or simple day-to-day life. Physical therapy spans across multiple specified disciplines and works with differing populations.
The prescribed treatments can include but are not limited to: manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activities, correctional exercise, the use of modalities, aquatic intervention and balance and coordination.
- Orthopaedic – musculoskeletal, post-operative
- Neurologic – Stroke, Spinal Cord injury
- Pediatric – developmental delay, cerebral palsy, tortocollis
- Cardiopulmonary – heart attack, breathing pathology
- Ergonomic – work stations
- Education and research
- Wound care – sharp and dull debridement, dressings
- Geriatrics- overall conditioning and coordination for the aging body
- Men’s and women’s health- bowel and bladder incontinence
- Hands – General and Post-Operative,
- Lymphedema – swelling management and dressings
- Sports – Injury, post-operative and prophylactic