What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy treatment consists of the application of a variety of interventions that help an individual restore function and mobility to the body, reduce pain, and help reduce the risk of future injury. Following the initial physical therapy examination and evaluation, the licensed Physical Therapist (PT), the patient, and, when appropriate, the family, will work together to determine an individualized treatment plan that will help the patient return to the highest level of achievable function. The PT is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and movement disorders. Together with the licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), interventions are provided that may include exercise, neurological rehabilitation techniques, balance and coordination techniques, aquatic therapy, ambulation and mobility training, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, as well as specialized orthopedic manual therapy and other interventions that help manage pain and musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions.