Physical therapy is a medical service provided by a therapist to:
- combat the cumulative disabling effects of physical illness
- minimize residual physical disabilities
- hasten convalescence and reduce hospitalization
- contribute to the comfort and well-being of the patient
- help the patient return to optimum living within his capacity
The professional therapist is concerned with the treatment of disease, injury, disability and functional rehabilitation, by means of such physical agents as heat, cold, light, electricity, sound, massage, therapeutic exercise and certain manual or electrical diagnostic and prognostic tests and measurements.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation are also concerned with therapeutic teaching, as it is usually necessary to instruct patients and/or family in therapeutic exercise, in the use of various orthopedic and prosthetic appliances, self-help devices, instructional materials and in other home treatment methods.
Soft Tissue Injuries
A muscle, tendon or ligament injury can bleed or swell, and effects your recovery time. Cold, compression, heat, massage and electrical methods will speed your healing and return to normal activities.
Overuse causes tendon and ligament tissue to become irritated, causing pain in movement and at rest. Your independent treatment and exercises can accelerate your recovery. Your physician may have also prescribed medications to reduce the inflammation. Your physical therapist is an expert in providing treatments to reduce inflammation.
After orthopedic or general surgery, treatment to reduce inflammation, gait problems, impaired range of motion, muscle weakness and pain are addressed by a physical therapist to accelerate healing and yet protect surgically repaired tissues.
Neurological injuries and diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis and acutenerve damage result in pain, numbness, loss of strength, daily functions and mobility. Physical therapists use techniques to overcome physical impairments to restore function.
Athletic and Sports Related Injuries
Professional and recreational athletes suffer injuries treated to accelerate recovery time. Treatment and exercise decrease the recovery time. The development of strength, flexibility, coordination and reflexes of the injured part should lead to complete recovery.
Chronic Pain and Stress Related Pain
Pain may persist for months or even years following injuries. Stress factors, postural weaknesses, headaches, musculoskeletal irritation, and shortening of muscles respond to specific treatment techniques and exercise administered to designed to reduce pain.
Muscle Imbalances and Postural Defects
Postural weakness and muscular imbalances produce irregular curves of the spine and chronic pain. Physical Therapists provide consistent exercise to improve muscle performance and flexibility.
Twenty-five years of Medicare participation has given us a unique perspective and commitment to the management of all geriatric physical therapy needs.
Aquatic Physical Therapy
Our partnership provides therapeutic exercise in the healing and forgiving medium of the Wheat Ridge Recreational Center pools for Aquatic Rehabilitation.
Want to learn more?
Check out the Blog Post: What is Physical Therapy…Really?