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Physical Therapy - Central

Physical therapy services focus on preserving, developing and restoring physical function that may have been lost due to injury, disease, aging or congenital abnormality. Based on an initial evaluation, Easter Seals licensed physical therapists incorporate therapeutic exercise and various manual techniques to encourage independence at home, school and in the community. The physical therapists work very closely with the physicians and specialists involved with each clilent as they develop a team approach to building a plan of care. The physical therapist also addresses assistive and adaptive equipment needs. These include devices such as standing frames, walkers, orthotics and wheelchairs.

Functional outcomes and short and long-term goals are determined for each client. Some of the areas may include:

  • Improving range of motion (flexibility) and strength 
  • Decreasing pain and swelling
  • Promoting tissue (wound) healing
  • Encouraging motor development and planning skills
  • Encouraging age appropriate gross motor skills
  • Improving balance/coordination impairments
  • Independence with gait and stair training skills
  • Incorporating safety, prevention and education
  • Improving functional mobility or the ability to move (including transitions and transfers)
  • Family education on safety and prevention
  • Promoting fitness and health

Medical rehabilitation services are provided following a referral by a physician, teacher, agency, family member or through self-referral. Third-party payers such as insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, Workers Compensation and other state programs, provide funding. Clients may also self pay or be the recipient of public support when/if eligible. Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania can inform you of the requirements for services and funding opportunities.

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