Most people think of physical therapy exclusively as a treatment for pain or injury, but there has been a signiﬁcant shift in the medical ﬁeld toward injury prevention.
Physical therapy is effective in improving balance, reducing falls, controlling osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and neck and low back pain. While these issues are partly due to genetics, physical therapy can deﬁnitely help delay, minimize, and shorten their impact.
Physical Therapy is a discipline of licensed healthcare professionals who work with people that have sustained disabilities, impairments, or limitations in their overall physical function. These deviations can be the result of disease, injury, surgery, or pathological processes. When in physical therapy, a patient is examined, evaluated, diagnosed, and provided a treatment plan that is specific to each patient. Physical therapists work to manage inflammation, improve mobility, and decrease pain with the goal of reestablishing a patient’s prior functional level by utilizing physical modalities, therapeutic exercise, mobilization, and manipulation.