Physical therapy helps get you back to your life after having an impairment, functional limitation, disability or change in your physical function and health because of an injury, disease or other cause. Outpatient physical therapy provides skilled treatment to help you achieve independence in your daily life.
What does a physical therapist do?
A physical therapist (PT) performs a number of tests and measurements to help identify your impairments, functional limitations and disabilities. These test results are used to determine your diagnosis and appropriate treatments. Before therapy begins, your prognosis and plan of care will be discussed with you and your questions will be answered. Your PT documents the changes you make and determines your rehabilitation needs for after you leave the hospital. The goal of the physical therapist is to help reduce pain and increase mobility and function, leading you to independence and a successful return to your home.
What types of injuries or disabilities can physical therapy help?
You may need physical therapy if you suffer from one or more of the following:
- Stroke and other neurologic conditions
- Orthopedic injuries
- Neck and low back pain
- Painful joints
- Wound and scar management
- Athletic injuries
- Spinal disorders
- Cardiopulmonary impairments
What are the benefits of physical therapy?
- Improved mobility and muscle strength
- Restored joint range of motion
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Improved balance and coordination to prevent falls
- Restored athletic skills to return to your favorite sport
- Reduced risk of work-related and repeated stress disorders
- Education in body mechanics and postural control for injury prevention during daily ctasks
- Assistive walking device assessment to restore independence
Our physical therapy team consists of licensed physical therapists, many of whom are doctors of physical therapy, and physical therapy assistants. The team has advanced training in areas such as aquatics, lymphedema, orthopedics, wound management and rehabilitation care. Our therapists are certified in athletic training, the McKenzie™ methods of mechanical diagnosis and management of spinal injuries, the Ergoscience™ method of evaluation of injured workers for pre and post employment and the Sportmetrics™ program developed to prevent ACL injuries in athletes, Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) and kinesotaping.