Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy - The Definition

Physical therapy is a type of rehabilitation involving medication and physical activity that assists patients with disabilities to function at a higher level and perform everyday activities. Active physical therapy treatment can provide the following benefits:

  • Improves bodily function
  • Promotes mobility
  • Remediates impairments
  • Improves quality of life

Physical therapists examine, provide diagnosis and prognosis, and physical intervention. They also are actively involved in performing research, as well as educating others through consultations, classes, and other administrative activities.

Types of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be beneficial to patients in many health or physical circumstances. The most common types of disabilities faced by patients who require physical therapy are those with the following:

  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Pulmonary problems
  • Those undergoing clinical electrophysiology
  • Geriatric patients
  • Integumentary problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Pediatric patients
  • Sports injuries
  • Women's health problems
  • Those undergoing palliative care

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has been proven to be a cost effective way to rehabilitate patients in the best way possible, while reducing the need for surgery or additional prescription medications. It is also extremely effective in relieving pain, improving mobility and function, and bettering the patient's quality of life.

With improved mobility, it reduces the risk of obesity in patients. Also, when patients are able to move independently, it reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, hip fracture, arthritis, and much more. Also, when patients are able to move consistently on their own, their balance improves, which reduces the risk of any costly falls.

Though prescription drugs and surgery are necessary in certain situations, sometimes physical therapy is a more cost effective and less invasive option for patients. For example, physical therapy could be the answer for some patients with back pain rather than going to the extreme of surgery. Consistent movement and activities done during physical therapy treatment can help alleviate the patient's pain, symptoms, and ultimately reverse or correct the problem altogether.


(Tags - activities - daily life - care )

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