The role of physical therapists in your care:
Physical therapists evaluate and treat musculoskeletal problems, soft tissue trauma, nerve inflammation/injury, muscle spasms, arthritis, and sports injuries through education, exercise, and advanced manual treatment techniques. Physical therapy is also often needed after surgery or fracture healing to help the patient obtain an optimal functional result. The goal of therapy is to return the patient to a more active and less painful lifestyle after an injury or disability.
Physical therapists develop a management plan to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability and return a patient to an active lifestyle. This is achieved through different interventions that include: Spinal and extremity joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, ultrasonic and electrotherapeutic interventions, myofascial and soft tissue mobilization, stability, strengthening and stretching exercises, core trunk stability, functional training, provision of aids and appliances, patient education and counseling.
Physical therapy also can help prevent adverse health conditions through the restoration of function and through fitness and wellness programs that achieve healthy and active lifestyles.