In physical therapy, trained professionals evaluate and treat abnormal physical function related to, for example, an injury, disability, disease or condition.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a physical therapist is a trained and licensed medical professional with experience in diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring physical function and mobility, maintaining physical function, and promoting physical activity and proper function.
A physical therapist helps take care of patients in all phases of healing, from initial diagnosis through the restorative and preventive stages of recovery. Physical therapy may be a standalone option, or it may support other treatments.
Some patients are referred to a physical therapist by their doctor, but other seek therapy themselves.
Whichever way a patient come to a physical therapist, they can expect to:
Undergo a physical exam and evaluation, including a health history and certain testing procedures, including evaluation of posture, movement and flexibility, and of muscle and joint motion and performanceReceive a clinical diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care and short and long term goalsReceive physical therapy treatment and intervention based on the therapist's evaluation and diagnosisReceive self-management recommendations
Patients often train with a physical therapist in exercises that they can do at home, to help them function more effectively.
Physical therapists can treat a wide variety of medical conditions, depending on their specialty. Some conditions that can benefit from this type of treatment are:
Cardiopulmonary conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
cystic fibrosis (CF) and post-myocardial infarction (MI)
Hand therapy for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger
Musculoskeletal dysfunction such as back pain, rotator cuff tears, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
Neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries
Vestibular dysfunction, and traumatic brain injuries
Pediatric conditions such as developmental delays
Benefits of physical therapy
Depending on the reason for treatment, the benefits of physical therapy include:
Pain management with reduced need for opioidsAvoiding surgeryImproved mobility and movementRecovery from injury or traumaRecovery from stroke or paralysisFall preventionImproved balanceManagement of age-related medical problems
A sports therapist can help an athlete to maximize their performance through strengthening specific parts of the body and using muscles in new ways.
A healthcare provider or physical therapist can advise individuals about the benefits specific to their personal medical history and their need for treatment.
About Innovative Physical Therapy
Innovative Physical Therapy is owned by local physical therapist, Bryan Morrow, MPT, with four convenient locations throughout Maryland. We are known for our fun environment focused on personalized therapy plans that get our patients out of pain and back to doing what they love. Through physical, manual and aquatic therapy they are helping individuals return to their prior level of functioning and encourage activities and lifestyle changes that can help prevent further injury and improve overall health and well-being. For more information visit the website at https://www.innovativeptcenters.com