For Patients

What is Physical Therapy?

“Physical Therapy is the art and science of movement” Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty service provided to improve mobility, function and your quality of life. Physical therapists are licensed by the physical therapy board in the state which they practice and utilize extensive education, clinical expertise and scientific research to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment to maximize physical function. Physical therapists can also provide services to prevent injury or dysfunction. Physical therapists work collaboratively with their patients. Treatment plans are designed for the patient’s individual goals, challenges, and needs. Receiving Physical Therapy treatment is rarely a passive activity and often you get what you put in! In many cases, patients develop an ongoing relationship with their physical therapist to maintain optimum health and movement across the lifespan. While surgery and prescription medications are sometimes necessary, Physical Therapy should be considered by you and your doctor as an alternative to pain medication or to avoid surgery.

What Should I Expect?

Initial Assessment: At your first session, the Physical Therapist will take a detailed history of the problem and perform a complete physical exam. You will receive treatment as the therapist determines appopriate based on the exam. This may include hands on treatment, exercise and/or modalities for symptom relief. Follow Up Sessions: Your treatment program will be progressed and adjusted over the course of your care. During the first few treatment sessions the goal is to provide you with relief of your symptoms while educating you on how you can best manage your condition outside of physical therapy. Progression of your exercise program will be designed to reach your functional goals.
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