Physical therapy is a treatment method for improving limited body movement and functionality that are a result of disease, injury or aging. Treatment involves restorative exercises that focus on developing muscle strength, flexibility, balance, posture and coordination, and that provide overall pain relief.
Physical therapy is designed to promote a patient’s overall health and fitness, prevent reinjury and maximize quality of life. It may be prescribed as an initial form of treatment for certain conditions or injuries, or to restore strength and function after surgery.
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PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENT
Each physical therapy session is designed to gradually increase strength and mobility. It is done in increments to avoid excessive pain or a relapse injury. For example, a person with tendonitis of the elbow may start with bodyweight partial extensions, but after 6 weeks will have increased to 20 pound dumbbell full range of motion extensions. After each session, ice and/or electrostimulation are applied to prevent additional inflammation and to cool down the muscles.
In certain cases, Physical Therapy can be performed independently at home, with specific instructions from our doctors. Exercises are written out in detail with specific rep and set ranges, and patients must be responsible not to exceed the recommended daily treatment.