Physical therapy is a primary care patient-focused health profession that is dedicated to:
Physical therapy’s unique contribution to health care stems from its advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well and how to restore mobility.
Physical therapists assess a patient’s level of mobility, strength, endurance and other physical abilities to determine the impact of their illness or injury on their physical function, whether at work, rest or play. They diagnose the
condition and develop a treatment plan to restore movement and reduce pain or limitations to mobility. They treat the condition and help the patient understand its effect on their function. They measure the patient’s progress regularly and adjust the treatment accordingly. They also advise the patient on how to manage their condition independently and help the patient prevent avoidable recurrences or complications. Physical therapists can also advise you on ways to prevent potential health problems from occurring before they arise.
Physical therapists provide valuable health care for people across the life span from birth to older age. Hands On Rehab therapists primarily work in 3 practice areas: orthopedics, neurology and cardio-respiratory. The following are examples of the types of conditions physical therapists may treat:
Physical therapists also work in areas that span all three practice areas such as women’s health (including pre and post natal care, and other women’s health issues), incontinence, peadiatric and senior’s care. They also help manage the physical complications of cancer and its treatment, and care for physical symptoms associated with arthritic conditions.
Other Specalized Services:
Physical therapy involves using a variety of techniques to help your muscles, joints, heart and lungs work to their potential. Physical therapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down barriers impeding physical function. Physical therapy can help individuals living with congenital or chronic diseases or other debilitating conditions and can assist hose recovering from: surgery; illness; neurological conditions such as stroke; injury; industrial or motor vehicle accidents; or age related conditions. The practice of physical therapy is drug-free.
Fundamental to a physical therapists’ approach is an appreciation of your role in your own care. Physical therapists work with you to integrate your care into your lifestyle. They are skilled in providing treatment, preventative advice, rehabilitation and care for people with long-term or terminal illness and will develop a full treatment plan to suit your unique needs.
Physical therapists are university-educated, regulated health professionals that play an important role within your health care team.
When you see a physical therapist, he or she will complete a thorough assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, sensation and cardio-respiratory status.
They will also examine relevant x-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment, the physical therapist develops a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to plan individualized goals and treatment programs.
Physical therapists promote independence, including emphasis on how you can help yourself. For example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions and how to set goals to achieve results. Where appropriate, physical therapists also advise care-givers on how they can help you.
PT’s can also advise on other appropriate healthcare providers that patients should consult with for their particular condition.
Some Treatment Options:
Physical therapists are primary care practitioners for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders offering direct access to physical therapy services without the need for physician referral. It is important to note that some extended health insurance plan require a physician’s referral in order to reimburse you for claims.