When health problems make it difficult to move freely and accomplish everyday tasks, physical therapy is often the answer for you. The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier. For example, it may help with going up stairs, walking, or getting in and out of bed.
Physical therapy also enables a quicker recovery after injury or surgery. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or arthritis. Physical therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
Your therapist will examine you and talk to you about your daily activity and your symptoms. He or she then works with you in developing a treatment plan. The goal is to help your joints move better and to restore or increase your strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.
While prescription drugs and surgery may be the best course of treatment for some diagnoses, physical therapy can be effective and less costly for many conditions. Physical therapy is particularly effective in treating lower back pain.
Improve Motion and Mobility - Pain-free movement is essential to your quality of daily life, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, your ability to earn a living, and much more. Consistent movement is an important factor in maintaining a healthy balance system, which in turn can help prevent costly falls. Improved mobility is crucial in preventing:
Take Charge of Your Recovery - Treatment plans are often designed for the patient's individual goals, needs, and challenges. Physical therapy is rarely a passive activity, and participating in your recovery is empowering. Patients tend to develop an ongoing relationship with their physical therapist as they maintain movement abilities and optimum health.
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