Physical therapy isn’t just for people who have sustained a major injury. It’s beneficial for anyone who has been injured, has a chronic illness or disease, needs rehabilitation or has difficulty with mobility. Physical therapists assist people with developmental disabilities, neurological conditions, and those with a prosthesis. Treatments can often provide an alternative to surgery and long-term use of prescription medications for pain.
The number of conditions, disease and syndromes that can be alleviated with physical therapy are virtually endless.
Therapists develop individualized treatment and management plans that aid the patient's recovery from wounds, broken bones, neurological damage, jaw pain and migraines. Physical therapy is effective for addressing chronic diseases ranging from diabetes, COPD and osteoarthritis to brain injuries, cystic fibrosis and musculoskeletal disorders.
Physical therapy provides the expertise and technology to improve balance and sports performance, make environmental and ergonomic changes that facilitate movement and a better quality of life. Treatments also reduce the risk of injury and assist patients in the use of mobility aids.
Therapies are valuable for addressing emotional and psychological issues. They help patients engaged in smoking cessation, anger and stress management, weight loss and substance abuse programs. Sepsis, asthma, organ failure and seasonal affective disorder can all be alleviated with physical therapy.
Those engaged in sports will benefit from therapeutic massage, dry needling and cupping to ease stress, improve endurance, balance and agility, and help in reducing the risk of injury. Therapies are safe for women during pregnancy and in alleviating the discomfort of breastfeeding. Ultrasounds, electrical stimulation and heat and cold therapies are beneficial for muscle, joint and neurological disorders and aid in maintaining the health of soft tissues.
Patients don’t have to sustain a catastrophic injury to benefit from physical therapy. The techniques and advanced technology is available to any patient with pain, dysfunction or chronic disease to improve their quality of life.