Physical Therapy provides the foundation of an individual’s mobility and physical rehabilitation. It improves a client’s quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, and education. A Physical Therapist will evaluate their client’s ability to change positions, sit, stand, walk, and maneuver through their environment whether it is via wheelchair or by foot.
To aid in achieving maximum independence, a physical therapist will recommend use of assistive devices, orthotics, prosthetics, and different types of wheelchairs. After a thorough evaluation, a physical therapist develops and implements an individualized treatment program and plan of care optimizing movement, flexibility, strength, muscle control, and balance.
Various therapeutic techniques, along with special equipment, such as a gait training system, are utilized to achieve therapeutic goals to prevent disability, promote the ability to move, restore function, and to manage a variety of conditions to attain long-term health benefits and achieve their highest functional independence.
- Restore strength and range of motion
- Reduce risk of falls/improve safety and independence, especially through the use of the LiteGait unweighting system
- Restore core stabilization
- Restore cardiovascular endurance
- Improve functional movement in the home, at work, and in the community
- Posture and body mechanics education
- Gait and transfer training
- LiteGait application for unweighting effects
- Balance training
- Treatment for muscle coordination, motor planning and motor control
- Tone normalization through positioning and movement
- Prosthetic and orthotic advocacy in coordination with Occupational Thearpy
- Modalities as needed such as Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, and Traction
- Sessions in a traditional clinic or in home/community setting
- Treatment plans that are individualized and client-oriented
- A collaborative approach with all therapists working together
- Teamwork with community programs outside of Therapeutic Rehab