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What is Physical Therapy?

By: Allison R. Weder

Everyone will likely need physical therapy (PT) some time in their life. However, many people don’t realize a Physical Therapist can help with many things beyond joint pain and rehabilitation after surgery. It’s National Physical Therapy Month, the perfect time to learn about the four major ways PT can help you.

 Manage Pain

Chronic pain is a major issue for people worldwide. It stops us from doing the things we want to do and enjoying time with the people we love. Physical therapy can help relieve that pain and our expertly trained Physical Therapists can teach you how to resolve that pain on your own for years to come. If you have pain in your back, neck, hand, joint pain, or headaches a Physical Therapist may be able to help eliminate that pain without surgery or medication.

Improve Mobility, Movement and Balance

Are you struggling to navigate stairs? Or maybe you are not as flexible as you used to be. Physical Therapists understand the mechanics of body movement and can address your weakness and strength issues with an individualized exercise plan. They can focus on fixing the problem by looking at the underlying cause to address the issue long-term, not just temporarily.

Recover From Injury, Trauma, or Surgery

Auto accident? Ankle sprain? Hip Replacement? Our Physical Therapists can help get you back to life quickly. No one expects a sudden injury, but it’s good to know there are highly skilled clinicians who know just what you need to fully recover. Your recovery plan will be tailored to your specific injury and adjustments will be made as you progress. And our pre-surgical, prehabilitation program gives you the tools you need to recovery confidently and quickly after your elective procedure.

Manage Diseases, Conditions or Age-related Medical Issues

Our Physical Therapists specialize in treating patients with specific diseases and conditions. They can help with pelvic floor conditions, neurological conditions, carpal tunnel, arthritis, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and so much more. They successfully help patients restore mobility and strength when recovering from COVID-19 and they can help the aging population maintain their independence by addressing pain, osteoporosis, balance conditions and fall risk issues.

If you’d like to learn more or stop by to see our therapists in action, call the clinic location nearest you.