What Does a Physical Therapist Do?

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Who are Physical Therapists?

Physical therapists are state-licensed movement specialists that aid in helping injured patients with complications of all ages optimize their quality of life. Therapists do so with exercise, hands-on care, and patient education to improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical therapists teach prevention and management to achieve long term health benefits. Physical therapists are important in providing rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention for patients who have chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. At MOTION, our team of licensed physical therapists are highly qualified at providing patients with optimal care.

What do Physical Therapists do?

  • Thoroughly read over medical histories, referrals, and notes from doctors, and other healthcare workers.
  • Diagnose functions and movements of patients by evaluating how they stand and walk and by listening to their problems to identify the particular issue.
  • Create treatment plans that are individualized for every patient, focusing on the patient’s goals and expectations of the plan.
  • Use exercises, stretching, hands-on methods, and equipment to help with the patient’s pain, increase mobility and prevent future injuries and pain.
  • Analyze and document the patient’s progress and adjust treatment plans as needed.
  • Educating patients and families about what to expect from recovery and coping with challenges.

Common Health Conditions Treated by Physical Therapists

Physical therapists treat a variety of illnesses, diseases, and injuries. At MOTION, we use our expertise in treating multiple health conditions to get you feeling your absolute best. Some of the health conditions that physical therapists are known to treat include a few of the following:

  • Arthritis.
  • Back and neck pain.
  • Brain injury.
  • Cancer-related complications.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Cystic fibrosis.
  • Diabetes.
  • Fall risk and balance issues.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Fractures and multiple trauma.
  • Incontinence.
  • Joint injuries, including knee and ankle.
  • Lymphedema.

Types of Physical Therapists

Depending on your health condition and the type of treatment that you require, it may be in your best interest to see a physical therapist that specializes and has medical expertise in just one specific area. Fortunately, specialized physical therapists are offered in abundance at MOTION. We offer a wide variety of specialized physical therapists that cater to the needs of our patients and will provide specialized treatments as required.

Types of physical therapists include a few of the following:

Orthopedic – Treats musculoskeletal injuries that involve muscles, bones, ligaments, fascia, and tendons. Treatment of medical conditions includes but is not limited to fractures, sprains, tendonitis, and other musculoskeletal injuries.

Geriatric – Treats conditions that affect their mobility and physical function in older patients.

Neurological – Treats neurological disorders and conditions such as Alzheimer’s, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke.

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Increases physical endurance and stamina in people that have been affected by cardiopulmonary conditions and surgical procedures.

Pediatric – Diagnose, treat, and manage conditions in infants, children, and adolescents.

Wound care – Makes sure wounds are healing properly using manual therapy, electric stimulation, and compression therapy.

Vestibular – Using specific exercises and manual techniques that help patients regain normal balance and coordination that result from balance problems of inner ear conditions.

Decongestive – Therapy involves draining accumulated fluid in patients that suffer from lymphedema and other fluid accumulation conditions.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation – Treats urinary, fecal incontinence, urinary urgency, and pelvic pain that resulted from an injury or surgery or other conditions.

Finding the Right Physical Therapist for You

Finding the right physical therapist can be crucial. At MOTION, we offer only the best services in the area that will provide the utmost diagnosis, treatment, and recovery necessary for you. Call us today to schedule a consultation appointment to get you on the way to a speedy recovery.