What Is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a professional service with highly-educated and licensed health care providers. Physical therapists (PTs) will use treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness-and wellness- oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Procedure for Referral
You may be referred to a physical therapist by your physician who has done an evaluation and feels you would benefit from physical therapy.
Your Therapist's Role
Your therapist’s role is to evaluate your present condition and set-up a treatment plan specifically designed to meet your needs. This treatment plan will be carried out by the physical therapist’s assistant. The physical therapy assistant and the physical therapist will educate you on your specific problem and provide you with a written home exercise program in order to improve function and return to your daily routines.
We feel successful when the patient:
- Has minimized aggravating symptom
- Is able to function as independently as possible in activities of daily living and /or recreational activities
- Has the knowledge and tools to avoid further symptoms independently
- Balance activities in:
walking, sitting, standing, stairs
- Ambulation assistive device set-up
- Joint mobilization
- Bed mobility and ADL/IADL transfers
- Lymphedema management
- Functional dry needling
- Therapeutic exercises for strengthening stretching, range of motion