What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a health profession with a focus of restoring and improving your functional ability and fitness level. The goal of physical therapy is to help make your level of activity easier for you addressing issues such as mobility, decreased flexibility, weakness, balance, recovery from surgery, and pain.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

  • Regained lost mobility
  • Improved strength
  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance
  • Improved joint motion
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved confidence
  • Limiting disease progression
  • Decreased likelihood of future injury
  • Improved fitness
  • Improved functional performance
  • Improved quality of life

How Will Your Physical Therapy Treatment Affect You?

During the progression of physical therapy you may feel tired or fatigued.  You may feel soreness.  You may notice more stiffness.  You may have more mild swelling.  These can all be normal during the course of a physical therapy program progression.  As you progress these will typically decrease and your condition will be able to improve.  If you have concerns over the any of these during the course of you physical therapy treatment, ask your therapist.

What Will Happen During A Physical Therapy Appointment?

During the first physical therapy appointment, your condition and current functional status will be assessed to determine areas of limitation that may be causing or associated with the problems you may be having.  You physical therapist will review over the findings of that examination and how they relate to your present condition.  With you, your physical therapist will then establish a plan of care that will help you achieve your goals.  This plan of care may include education, stretching, strengthening, balance activities, and massage along with a variety of other treatments.

What Should You Look For in a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists have extensive education in assessing movement and movement dysfunctions in the body and how they relate to an individual’s functional status.  All physical therapists are required to obtain a degree in physical therapy from an accredited school and each physical therapist must obtain a license to practice physical therapy by passing a national licensure examination.

When this is this the requirement for physical therapists, what else should you look for in a physical therapist?

Your physical therapist should be able to communicate effectively with you so that you understand the plan of your progression in physical therapy.

Your physical therapist should educate you on your condition, what factors are associated with your condition, and what you can do to help improve your condition while in therapy and when your time in physical therapy is complete.

Your physical therapist should continue to assess your progression and response to the treatment making adjustments as determined appropriate

Your physical therapist should always make you feel like you feel like you are involved in your care.

Your physical therapist should value your time as much as you do.

Your physical therapist should have experience in with your condition.

Your physical therapist should appropriately challenge you to increase strength, flexibility, and stability.

You physical therapist should be directly involved in your care.