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January 25, 2010

Roles Of Physical Therapy

The words "physical therapy" cause most people to think about rehabilitation, such as when a person has been injured by a sport or had an accident. This type of rehabilitation mostly focuses on orthopedics, but physical therapy can do so much more.

For instance, a child with a medical condition, such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy will get physical therapy to enhance development or train for optimal function.

A person hospitalized because of pneumonia may get physical therapy for improving lung function that may involve positional changes in bed, percussion techniques (more aggressive than percussion in massage therapy), and breathing exercises.

Person's who have experienced a heart attack often go to physical therapy in order to restore as much heart function, aerobic capacity, etc. as possible.

Physical therapy can also help with inner ear problems. A person who has experienced a blow to the head may find themselves dizzy. Physical therapy can retrain the vestibular system to stabilize equilibrium and help recover balance.

Along with post-surgical rehabilitation, physical therapy can be utilized by patients to plan for surgery. Strengthening muscles surrounding joints that need to be replaced will help improve surgical outcomes and reduce rehabilitation time.

Using the services of physical therapy to promote health and wellness serves to prevent the decrease in strength and function that is typical with normal aging.

These are just a few of the roles that physical therapy takes. Some of them are unexpected, some of them are obvious. Tomorrow, I will discuss some of the places that you will find physical therapists. Some places might surprise you.

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Posted by linda at January 25, 2010 6:48 PM

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