If your ability to move and function has been compromised by injury or disease, physical therapy may be what you need to return to health and normal functioning. Physical therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions, including
Physical therapy can also be be an important part of the care involved in healing both before and after a variety of surgeries and other procedures.
In many cases, physical therapy is an effective, low-cost, low-risk, and non-invasive alternative to surgery. Another advantage of physical therapy, as opposed to surgery and prescription medications, is that it seeks to address the underlying causes of conditions (poor posture, for example) and to help the patient manage the condition through simple exercises and changes in lifestyle.
Your MORE physical therapist begins treatment by conducting a thorough background history of your injury and how it affects your life, reviewing your general health and activity level, and discussing your goals for therapy. Your therapist then evaluates the area of your body involved to determine the exact nature of your injury and what issues or factors may have contributed to it. This evaluation may include mobility assessment, strength assessment, neurological testing, joint mobility assessment, and other tests.
Following the evaluation, your therapist provides treatment aimed at the source of your injury. Treatment varies based on the injury, but generally includes hands-on care to improve mobility and strength, education on posture and other factors, and exercises designed specifically to help you overcome your injury. Various modalities (ultrasound, light therapy, electrical stimulation, vasopneumatic compression, heat, ice, etc.) may be utilized to increase tissue mobility, reduce pain, reduce swelling, and maximize the benefits of treatment.