Physical therapy also called physiotherapy is a therapy that is aimed at preservation, enhancement, and restoration of movement and physical functioning in an individual. The therapy involves the utilization of therapeutic exercise, physical modalities, assistive devices, and patient education and training.
Physical therapy is carried out by a certified physical therapist that holds the expertise in providing services that develop, maintain, and restore a patient’s functional abilities.
The goal of physical therapy is to help restore normal physical mobility and functionality and provide strategies for injury prevention. Here is what you can expect from a physical therapist:
- A physical therapist will conduct a physical examination and evaluate you and your medical history will also be taken into account. The physical therapist will evaluate your posture, movement, mobility, and muscle and joint performance.
- You will receive a clinical diagnosis, care plan, and long-term care plans.
- A physical therapist will provide physical therapy treatment based on the therapist’s evaluation and diagnosis.
- Finally, you will also receive self-management recommendations.
A physical therapist can treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as cardiopulmonary conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, musculoskeletal dysfunction, neurological conditions, pediatric conditions, sports-related injuries, women’s health and pelvic disorders, and more.