Physical therapy is a treatment program that helps decrease your pain and restore your strength and range of motion. Your health care provider may recommend physical therapy after an injury of surgery to help you fully recover. Physical therapy is also used to teach people how to move properly to prevent injuries.
What is a physical therapist?
A physical therapist is a health care professional that is an expert in treating muscle and skeletal problems that affect your ability to move and function in daily life. A physical therapist is trained in an accredited program. They are required to be licensed in the state which they practice.
What can I expect from physical therapy?
Your first visit with the physical therapist he or she will exam you and ask you about your health history and any problems you are having. After the physical therapist takes down your health history, the therapist will do a series of tests and measures, such as range of motion and strength. Once your problem has been identified, the therapist will discuss a care plan with you. Your care plan may include frequent visits with a physical therapist for weeks or months until you have reached your treatment goals.
There are several types of treatments that a physical therapist may give you. The treatments you have will depend on your problem or condition. During your visit, your physical therapist my do the following:
- Deep heating
- Cold packs and ice massage
- Whirlpools and water therapy
- Hot packs and paraffin baths
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS)
- Movements that help your joints and soft tissues
How can I receive physical therapy?
In most cases, a medical provider such as a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner refer you to physical therapy. Make sure to check with your insurance company to determine the extent of coverage for physical therapy.
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