Physical therapy is a specialty in rehabilitation medicine where specially designed exercises and equipments help patients restore their normal physical activities. Physical therapy is advised when the health problems make it hard to move around and make your daily activities uneasy.
Physical therapists are trained physicians who guide you about physical therapies. They assess and treat varieties of conditions that affect the physical function of adults and children. They are often able to relieve pain and help to resume daily activities. They work in health care systems in both hospitals and community.
Physical therapy can provide relief from long term health problems. Physical therapist may use exercise program, manual therapy, education and other techniques such as heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to provide rehabilitation. They evaluate and diagnose movement dysfunction and treat patients accordingly. Interventions may include therapeutic exercise, functional training, manual therapy techniques, assistive and adaptive devices, equipments, physical agents, and electrotherapeutic modalities.
Physical therapy is recommended for various conditions and they include:
- Back and neck pain
- Spine and joint conditions
- Heart and lung conditions
- Sports related injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Cancer related problems