Physical Therapist Q&A
If you find that you have had an injury that has limited your ability to move or do everyday tasks, you may find that you will be referred to a physical therapist. Visit our clinics and get treated. For more information, call us or book an appointment. We have convenient locations in College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Berwyn Height, MD
Table of Contents:
What does a physical therapist do?
How often can you visit a physical therapist?
What happens at your first appointment with the therapist?
How can physical therapy impact your daily routine?
Physical therapists will help you rebuild your strength, range of motion, and endurance so that you can get back to the life you had before. Express Healthcare has physical therapy services to rehabilitate, reduce chronic pain and increase strength and motion. These services are available at all 6 of our locations.
Physical therapists are trained to understand the body and help get you moving again after an injury or an illness. They will receive referrals from doctors or other medical professionals to help you restore function in your body by increasing movement, and range of motion. The intent is to get your body functioning better and reduce the need for future medications. They will do this by working with exercise and stretching routines that will allow you to go about your regular activities more easily.
The typical tasks of physical therapists include:
– Diagnosing your ability to function by checking your ability to do certain activities, like standing, walking, or other movements.
– They will listen to your concerns.
– They will create a plan that is designed for you to help you reach the goals that you wish to achieve.
– They will use therapeutic aids to assist in your progress.
– They will monitor and document your progress.
– They will assist you in using tools like canes or crutches.
– They will create a plan to move you out of care to being self-sufficient.
Physical therapists can specialize to work with people dealing with specific health concerns like:
– Heart and lung problems
– Orthopedics, like spine bone and joint problems
– Clinical electrophysiology
The number of visits to a physical therapist will depend on the severity of your injuries or health concerns. Most of the time you will start with two sessions per week. Once your condition has been assessed, the therapist will have a good understanding of what the area of focus will be. They will create a proper plan for your treatment with attainable goals.
Complex and high-risk cases will require more visits. These kinds of issues will often require three sessions per week to monitor and improve progress. This will give the physical therapist the opportunity to make adjustments to the treatment in order to achieve the best results.
After six to eight weeks of therapy and signs of good progress, your physical therapist may recommend that you have less frequent visits. This is to encourage better self-management of your condition.
Your first visit with a physical therapist will be a time of assessment. The therapist will evaluate your condition and medical history, ask lifestyle questions, and inquire about your level of pain, and the area that needs to be treated. This allows the therapist to become familiar with your condition and how it is affecting you. They may test your strength, motor functions, and range of motion.
Physical therapy can offer a great deal to life. If you have had an accident or health problem that has limited your ability to do daily tasks, physical therapy can help get you back to doing the things you need to do.
Physical therapy can help in the management of pain and rehabilitation after an injury. It can be used to manage pain from chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. A physical therapist can also provide you with the education and tools to promote your health and prevent injury.
We serve patients from College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Berwyn Height, MD
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