Physical Therapy is an important component of many medical treatment courses. Did you know there are over 300,000 licensed physical therapists in the United States? That speaks to the power of and the need for physical therapy. Today we take a brief look at what exactly physical therapy is and what it is commonly used for.

Physical therapy is an evidence-based practice performed by licensed, educated, and thoroughly trained physical therapists. The primary focus of physical therapy is the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. Some of the most common techniques used by physical therapists include therapeutic exercise, massage and patient education. Your physical therapist will tailor your physical therapy program to your unique needs. Physical therapy is a very individualized treatment program.

Injury or illness resulting in pain, physical impairment or limited mobility are often reasons for physical therapy. Some of the common problems that physical therapy is utilized for include arthritis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, spinal cord injury, stroke and amputations. Physical therapy can also be an important component of recovery from surgery or other medical procedures.

Communication is critical when it comes to physical therapy. It is very important to have an open, honest dialogue between patient and therapist throughout the entire course of treatment. Ask questions, tell your physical therapist how you are feeling, share your concerns, and celebrate your successes.

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