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  • Writer's pictureSwapnali Chaudhary

What is Physical Therapy?

Updated: Oct 25, 2020

  • Physical therapy is an allied health profession, a non-invasive discipline that aims at restoring movement, improving physical function, managing debilitating pain, and enhancing quality of life.

  • Physical therapists are licensed and trained healthcare professionals experienced in diagnosing physical abnormalities and restoring physical function and mobility.

  • They are movement experts who use evidence based techniques, exercise prescription, health education to address physical impairments, resulting from trauma, injury, and/or disease, typically of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and endocrinological origins.

  • Physical therapists are specialists who treat in a variety of settings and a population ranging from infants/kids to end-of-life/geriatric age groups.

  • They help you restore your motion, strength, proper function; ability to perform physical tasks; educate you on correct form while performing exercises; decrease/manage pain, promote physical activity and assist you in getting back to a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • They perform hands-on manual therapy techniques and develop specialized exercise programs to help you regain/maintain your independence, reach your fitness goals and to live better.

  • Physical therapists also treat issues ranging from Vestibular/Equilibrium impairments (causing dizziness / balance deficits / coordination difficulty) to TMD/TMJ (jaw pain / clicking) to Pelvic floor problems (causing incontinence, prolapse, pelvic/perineal pain, and pelvic floor weakness postpartum).

  • They treat patients dealing with Musculoskeletal (Any Muscle / Joint) issues (like low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc) to Chronic pain (patients struggling with issues like fibromyalgia or multiple medical problems) to Movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

  • They coach post-surgical patients recovering to return to their active life-styles and also guide individuals to eliminate/manage pain when working long hours by focusing on Posture, Ergonomics and establishing individualized strengthening/conditioning programs specific to their needs.

  • They assist in achieving prior level of function post Sports injury, Accident, Fall, Stroke, A major surgery and even Child-birth.

  • They have a profound effect on you as they directly help enhance the quality of your life. They will help you prevent injuries and promote Wellness and Fitness.

  • Most of the times, they help you avoid surgery!

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