What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy can be an invaluable addition to your pain management program. But what exactly is physical therapy? Physical therapy, loosely defined is the use of an exercise regimen to increase mobility and an injured person or one stricken with physical limitations brought on by illness or disease.
A successful PT plan may include such things the prescription of or aiding with the use of various medical devices and/or techniques including, but not limited to specific exercise programs, manual therapy and manipulation, and the use of mechanical devices such as traction physical agents, electrical stimulation as well as heat and cold.
The Physical therapist
Physical therapists are highly trained professionals who assist people in regaining mobility and/or physical functionality. A physical therapist will usually utilize such things as physical exams, laboratory tests, x-rays, CT scans and MRIs, etc.; in their development of a planned approach to helping the patient regain [at least some] of their former physicality.
Additionally, a physical therapist will oftentimes work with the patient to prevent the loss of their mobility prior to its onset. They will also develop fitness and wellness oriented programs to assist their patients in maintaining or restoring optimal mobility which leads to a more satisfying lifestyle.
Physical therapy is a highly professional occupation consisting of may various specialty areas including sports medicine, neurology, wound care, EMG, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, orthopaedic and pediatrics. Currently, neurological rehabilitation is one of the fastest growing areas of the physical therapy industry. A physical therapist may perform their duties from various locations including, privately owned physical therapy clinics, doctor’s offices, extended care facilities, assisted living establishments, even at times in the privacy of the patient’s own home.
A physical therapist may also practice in roles unrelated to patient care in roles such as health care policy facilitators, health care administration and health care executives. Oftentimes they will serve in the legal area of health care as a professional witness or performing peer reviews and independent medical examinations.
Physical Therapy Qualifications
The educational qualifications for physical therapists can vary greatly from country to country or even state to state. Some countries require little formal education where others may require doctoral degrees and residencies or fellowships.
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