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Physical Therapists

Physical Therapists: Getting You Back Into the Swing of Things

Quality medical care often comes about when patients receive treatment from a team of dedicated medical professionals. One member of many patients' medical team is a physical therapist. Physical therapists are medical professionals who have focused their careers on helping people regain the ability to move and function in their daily lives.

How do They Prepare?

Physical therapists receive specialized training to prepare them to help patients regain movement. They have to earn either a Master's Degree or a Doctorate Degree in order to be able to practice within their field. During their training they build a foundation of medical knowledge by taking courses that teach many of the same fundamental biological and medical lessons that students learn in med school. Once they have built this foundation they learn about the specific muscles, skeletal structure, how they interact and how to treat patients to produce the best results.

Who Can They Help?

PT's, as some people call them, can treat patients of all ages with many different medical issues. They might begin the day treating a patient who is recovering mobility after a sports injury or automobile accident and then be called to assist with a patient that needs help walking around after a total knee replacement. They are able to treat patients with different medical needs because their training focused on the entire body. They know ways to build muscle, increase flexibility or how to help an elderly patient regain the confidence that is needed to regain mobility in their wonder years.

What Should I Expect?

If you are going to be under the care of a physical therapist you can expect a detailed plan. They know how to evaluate both your body and any feedback that is available from other doctors to expertly asses your situation. They will then evaluate your physical capabilities to come up with a treatment plan that is tapered to your needs. Not only do they have the knowledge of the human body that is needed to help patients, they also learn how to stimulate peoples' interests and help them focus on getting better. They will work with you every step of the way to make sure that your recovery is going correctly. Be careful to take their advice. Sometimes the things that they ask patients to do might seem difficult but remember, they know what the human body is capable of and have their patients' best interest at heart. Depending upon your condition you can expect your physical therapist to help you:

  • (Re)build muscles and body strength to help you increase mobility
  • Learn new exercises to increase flexibility and make you more limber
  • Learn new ways to stretch and care for your body
  • Regain or improve balance and coordination
  • Improve circulation through: massage, temperature pads or even new exercises

If it is recommended that you seek treatment from a physical therapist, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands. They know what it will take to get you back on the right track.