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Physical therapy provides services to individuals to restore, maintain, promote, and develop movement and functional ability using a non-invasive approach. It can be provided to individuals of all ages, ranging from newborns to the elderly. Physical therapists work to enhance and restore mobility to individuals with neurological, developmental, or orthopedic disabilities and encourage independence at home, work, school, and in the community.
Who needs Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy may be recommended or necessary when movement and function are limited by pain, diseases, disorders, injury, and/or medical, physical, or environmental conditions.
Physical therapy is often an important part of medical treatment for people who have experienced illness, accident or surgery. Physical therapy may be needed:
After birth or during early childhood- to evaluate infants suspected of having neurological, orthopedic, or other medical conditions to make recommendations/provide treatment to optimize mobility, health, and function
Before and after operations- to restore function to affected muscles and to keep unaffected muscles strong and useful
Following a new diagnosis or illness including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, sport injury, broken bones, and amputation- to restore movement and independent living and to teach use of assistive devices as needed
Before or during illness- to design programs of preventive health care and optimize physical health
How can Physical Therapy help me? Physical therapists use a variety of different treatment strategies to:
Improve functional mobility
Increase range of motion and strength
Promote tissue healing
Reduce and manage pain
Minimize and prevent further impairment or disability
Provide education to patients, families, and caregivers
Provide adaptive and physical coping skills
Develop individualized programs to promote a healthy and independent lifestyle