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Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are health professionals who evaluate and treat people with a variety of dysfunctions. They assess joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, development, functional ability, sensation and perception, and performance of functional activities. Physical therapists practice by referral from physicians, podiatrists, or dentists. They evaluate patients' needs, establish plans of care, treat, and evaluate their effectiveness.

Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physical therapists encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

Physical therapists also use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain. Therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients exercises to do at home to expedite their recovery.

As treatment continues, physical therapists document the patientís progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary. Besides tracking the patientís progress, the physical therapist keeps in communication with the prescribing doctor. This feedback helps assure that the patient receives the most efficacious treatment for his/her condition.

Physical Therapy services are offered at our Beacon office.