Physical Therapy for
This type of therapy uses physical
exercise and stretching in addition to other techniques in order to help the patient have a better quality of
life based on his or her situation. Physical therapy is often used in conjunction with other methods of
treatment to hopefully speed up and allow a full recovery. There are different areas that physical therapy can
focus on, including the type of patient and the type of physical therapy. This can involve neurological,
orthopedic, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and geriatric focuses. Physical therapy can be used to help with range
of motion (especially following a surgery) or to simply work toward reducing pain in many patients.
Preparation for Physical Therapy:
Since procedures vary based on the patient
and the type of therapy that will be used, it is recommended that the patient communicate with the therapist
to see if there is any preparation needed. Generally, physical therapy does not involve too much preparation
other than discussing with the therapist what the goal of the physical therapy will be. It is also important
that the patient follow the instructions of the physical therapist to optimize preparation (and therefore,
results as well) for the procedure. Ultimately, preparation involves the patient finding out what he or she
needs the outcome of the physical therapy to be, meeting with the physical therapist, and working on
designing a therapeutic routine to suit his or her needs.
be based on the patient’s situation and decided on between the patient and physical therapist. Depending on the
patient’s situation and reason for needing physical therapy, the therapist may work in conjunction with another
doctor, such as a surgeon, and decide on the procedure from there. Many procedures involve exercise and
stretching routines that will be tailored specifically to the patient and any treatments the patient may have
received. This may, for instance, optimize recovery from treatment such as surgery. The exercises will likely be
working toward normal range of motion and to reduce any pain.
Types of Physical Therapy: The type of physical therapy will depend on the patient,
the patient’s health and activity, and the desired outcome of the physical therapy. In addition, it will
probably depend on the physical therapist. For sports injuries, such as leg soreness or chronic shin splints,
the patient may need massage and ultra-sonic treatment to help treat the pain. Other patients may need to work
with range of motion or resistance exercises, such as using a piece of rubber material to pull on with an arm or
leg to build certain muscles. It all depends on the need of the patient and what routine the patient works out
with the therapist.
is no recovery time with physical therapy. This can vary with the patient and type of physical therapy, however.
In fact, physical therapy, when done correctly following the therapist’s instruction, can even shorten recovery
time from other treatments. Surgeries sometimes require physical therapy as part of the recovery process. It is
generally advised that the patient work closely with the physical therapist and follow the instructions for
physical therapy exactly as the therapist advises for optimal results. In the end, whatever recovery time there
is (if any) will be determined by the patient’s ability to follow the therapist’s instructions.
Risks : Although there are
little if any risks or side effects associated with physical therapy, it is important for the patient to speak
with the doctor or physical therapist about the possible side effects of physical therapy. Having this
information will allow the patient to make the most educated decision on whether or not physical therapy is the
right option for them, and what type of physical therapy will be best suited for his or her