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What is physical therapy:
Physical therapy by definition is therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary. Physical therapy has many forms and many functions. Geriatric physical therapy targets aging adults who may develop conditions that limit mobility and physical function. It is intended to naturally reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and add physical fitness to daily life. Geriatric physical therapy may include specific exercises, electrical stimulation, or strength training for specific muscles. Geriatric physical therapy can improve posture and balance, and can also prevent falls.
What is a physical therapist:
A physical therapists is a licensed medical professional who works with patients of all ages, suffering from abnormal physical function. Physical therapists diagnose and treat medical problems and other health related conditions that limit an individual’s mobility and ability to perform functional activities. Physical therapists can treat a wide range of conditions depending on their specialty.
Who can benefit from physical therapy:
Physical therapy is beneficial for all age groups. Any individual suffering from chronic physical pain and/or impaired physical function may benefit from physical therapy. Individuals born with a disability might work with a physical therapist from a very early age. Others might not need one until adulthood, as the result of an injury or disease. Geriatric conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, and incontinence may all benefit from physical therapy plans. For individuals who find it difficult to leave their home, search for therapists that offer in-home therapy options. Physical therapists target individual needs so not all physical therapy is the same. It is important to find a physical therapist that works with your specific needs to help you achieve your goals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy for most non-cancer-related chronic pain management. If you have found that your physical function has decreased or you are struggling with chronic physical pain, ask your primary care provider about incorporating physical therapy into your lifestyle.
DISCLAIMER: This article contains information that is intended to help the readers be better informed regarding exercise and health care. It is presented as general advice on health care. Always consult your doctor for your individual needs. Before beginning any new exercise program it is recommended that you seek medical advice from your personal physician. This article is not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of a licensed physician. The reader should consult with their doctor in any matters relating to his/her health.