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What patients ask about physical therapy

Q. Why do I need it?
• To reduce or eliminate pain
• To improve mobility and function
• To restore strength
• To complete the healing process
• To return to your favorite sport
• To help prevent re-injury

Q. What actually happens in physical therapy?
A. In a typical session, a physical therapist will assess your needs for that day’s treatment. tight muscles are stretched manually. if necessary, therapeutic massage, and/or joint mobilization may be performed. you might be guided through exercises with weights or resistance equipment. balance or posture exercises may also be given as appropriate pain control is addressed with various modalities including the use of electric stimulation and ultrasound. the program changes as you progress so that you remain challenged and motivated.

Q. Does it work?
A. Most patients attain the goals that are set. your results depend on many factors: from the type and severity of the problem, to how well you comply with medical advice.

Q. Does it hurt?
A. New techniques in medicine and physical therapy have significantly reduced the pain and disability encountered after an injury or surgery. working on an injured body part can be somewhat uncomfortable, but patients who avoid formal rehabilitation are inviting more stiffness, pain and long term disability. q. how long does it take? the nature and extent of the problem determines how many sessions you will need. restoring functional use to an injured body part, or returning your body to a pain-free state occurs at different rates for different people. (your insurance company may also have additional guidelines regarding the extent of your physical therapy coverage.) therapist-recommended home exercises will also speed your recovery.

Q. Does my insurance cover it?
A. Most insurers will cover physical therapy however, check your individual plan. we participate in several health plans your treatment program will include:

1. Evaluation
A comprehensive biomechanical examination determines how far you have come on the road to recovery, and how far you have to go. this examination determines the parameters of your injury or condition; including scientific testing for strength, mobility, joint range of motion, ligamentous integrity, reflexes and balance. during this time patient and the therapist set goals for the rehabilitation.

2. Rehabilitation
Sessions with your own therapist help to strengthen weakened muscles, increase flexibility, and improve mobility. the physical therapist may use a variety of treatment techniques to aid in your recovery. these include therapeutic exercise, joint mobilization, range-of-motion exercises, cardiovascular endurance training, therapeutic massage and biofeedback. modalities including; ultrasound, electrotherapy and traction can also be applied during the treatment program to help relieve pain.

3. Education
We explain your injury so that you can understand what happened to your body and how physical therapy can speed up your recovery. we also provide specific guidelines for continuing your progress at home between sessions to either help you return to your former level of activity or help you surpass your prior level of function.



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