Patients that have impaired physical function due to an injury, disability, disease, or other chronic medical condition may benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy has been shown to improve mobility, movement, and balance, which in turn helps with fall prevention. It has also been shown to improve pain management, reduce the need for opioids, reduce the need for surgery, and assist in the recovery from injury, trauma, stroke, or paralysis.
Our physical therapists will work with the patient to restore specific loss of function, range of motion, or strength and assist with the use of adaptive equipment for rehabilitation. When working with a physical therapist, the patient will first undergo a physical exam and evaluation to determine potential diagnoses. They will then undergo additional tests and measures to confirm the diagnosis. Once a clinical diagnosis is made, the physical therapist will discuss the patient’s goals and develop a plan of care. The patient will receive physical therapy treatments and modalities including controlled exercise, ultrasound, joint mobilization, among others. The patient will also receive self-management recommendations to further improve their function.