• Rick Sheninger

Physical Therapy: The Magic of Regained Movement

Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative healthcare where trained and licensed medical professionals use specially designed equipment to treat physical limitations. Physical therapists (PTs) evaluate the patient’s condition and provide appropriate treatment. PT is a suitable treatment for many health conditions and helps restore physical function.

-Physical therapy first and foremost utilizes a patient-centered approach to care, meaning the patient’s input on goals, is vital in achieving the highest “patient-driven outcomes''. With this approach, Physical therapy begins with a holistic evaluation of your medical history, then takes an in depth look at how you move on a daily basis to assess what type of problems may be causing pain or decreased mobility/functionality. This assessment will include looking at all ranges of motion, strength testing, assessing gait patterns and posture as well as evaluating general fitness level

-Following this initial examination the therapist and patient set goals aimed to restore, compensate, or adapt one’s functional abilities to facilitate maximum independency. The therapist then can prescribe treatments that take into account any limitations or restrictions found during their exam; these could range from exercises such as stretching movements to more advanced equipment like electrical stimulation devices . Physical therapists evaluate the patient’s condition such as an injury, disease or disability, and provide appropriate treatment. PT is suitable for a variety of health conditions and helps restore and maintain physical function and mobility.

One of the most common types of physical therapy treatments are exercises that target specific muscles in order to improve strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance or range-of-motion. These exercises can be done at home with minimal equipment or at a rehabilitation center equipped with more sophisticated exercise machines like treadmills, stationary bikes and rowing machines.

The overall goal of PT is to help the patient manage their symptoms and return to physical function levels prior to the cause of the limitation.

  1. What is physical therapy and what does it entail?

Physical therapy is a process of rehabilitation for patients that have suffered an injury, chronic disease, or are recovering from surgery. Physical therapists perform assessments and develop treatment plans to promote the patient's recovery. This includes educating the patient on what they can do at home to help themselves recover faster and easing any pain associated with their injury.

The process of physical therapy begins by measuring the movement ability of each joint in a patient's body. The therapist then determines how much weight the joints can handle before moving onto other areas such as muscle strength tests, balance testing, or aerobic fitness evaluations. Once this evaluation is completed, it will be determined if there are any limitations in mobility that need to be addressed through exercise programs or other interventions including manual treatments like massage.

2. Common misconceptions about physical therapy.

There are many misconceptions about physical therapy and the process of healing. Many people think that going to a physical therapist is just like visiting the doctor, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Physical therapists use their hands-on techniques in order to help patients heal their body. They have been trained in various methods of treatment, so they know how to treat a variety of different ailments.

One of the most common misconceptions about physical therapy is that it's only for people who have a broken bone. The truth is, physical therapy can be used to treat anything from arthritis pain to neck pain and back pain. Physical therapists are trained in treating musculoskeletal injuries and they use specialized treatments like massage, exercises, heat/ice packs, traction, electrical stimulation or ultrasound to help their patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

3. Why should I go to physical therapy if I'm not injured or sick?

When you think of physical therapy, do you automatically assume that it's for people who are injured or sick? If so, then I have some news for you! Physical therapy isn't just for those with injuries and diseases. It can be used to help prevent future problems as well.

Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to work on your mobility and strength in order to improve quality of life. They also teach stretching exercises that can help with pain relief and decrease the risk of injury in the future.

So, if you're feeling stiff or sore from sitting at a desk all day without taking any breaks, see your local physical therapist to how they can help make your body feel better!

4. Tips on staying active after your treatment ends.

Exercise is important for the rehabilitation process as it helps you regain strength. The best way to get the most out of physical therapy is by doing a little bit everyday; even if that means going on walks with friends or playing one-handed catch with family. Some other possible exercises, with your doctor's permission, include swimming, cycling or yoga.

If you use our easy techniques at home and treat yourself like an athlete in training rather than just someone who had their injury fixed (which can be difficult when no doctor ever says "you're good!"), then you'll notice significant improvements before long!

With some time and practice - not forgetting patience – we guarantee progress will follow suit eventually too.

5. What are the risks of not doing anything about your injury or condition (e.g., surgery, medication).

When you’re injured or ill, the first thing that pops into your head is often fear of not knowing how to fix it. It's tempting to just tough it out and hope the injury or condition goes away on its own, but is it risky to let it go...?

It's hard to say because there isn't a one-size-fits all answer as everyone has different physical and emotional needs.

For example, a patient we'll call "Mike" had been experiencing some pain in his knee for three weeks before he went to see the doctor, and finally decided that something was wrong with it. He mentioned how concerned he felt because nothing seemed to be improving despite all the time passing by without any treatment whatsoever- so imagine what could happen if someone doesn't do anything. It's a good idea to get checked out as soon as possible on these matters like Mike did-- don't let fear keep you from living life confidently when there might possibly be an issue hiding beneath the surface waiting for its chance...

We hope you find this information useful. We've seen first-hand how physical therapy can help our patients. We have witnessed the incredible change in our patients after just a few sessions of therapy. The physical therapist can take them from injury to healthy and happy in no time. For more information about our therapy services, you can visit our website, We would love to hear from you, whether to help answer your questions, or to discuss how we help our patients recover from injuries or illnesses.

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