Physical therapy is a non-invasive medical discipline that aims to help individuals in easing pain, maximizing movement, restoring mobility, and maintaining physical function. Physical therapists are medical professionals who have endured years of education to become movement specialists whose goal is to evaluate and treat individuals who suffer from various injuries and medical conditions that limit their physical abilities.
Physical therapy has many sub-specialties and many physical therapists, upon getting their degree, will decide on which one(s) may be the right fit for them. Sub-specialties include (but not limited to):
Orthopedics, Sports Injury, Musculoskeletal Disorders
Post-Partum, Pre-Natal, Women's Health
Neuromuscular Disorders, Post-Stroke, Auto-immune diseases
Any individual seeking physical therapy treatments should research what they are looking for in a physical therapist. As a patient, you should find a quality physical therapist that you trust and have good rapport with. Good communication and a positive relationship with your therapist greatly affect patient progress and outcome. Physical therapy is not a one session fix all treatment. A full recovery usually requires a minimal of 6-8 weeks depending on your diagnosis. A lot of times, patient stay on with their therapist for a maintenance program. A maintenance program is great because it allows your therapist to target specific areas before it becomes a problematic area.
In conclusion, when you find yourself having some pain, issues regarding movement, or some physical limitations, go and seek help from a physical therapist who can address these issues. Just remember to find one that suits your needs and personality. Better relationships equals better outcome measures!