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Physical Therapy


Physical therapist providing care to patient.Physical therapy programs are customized to your needs with specific exercises designed to help you heal, return to the activities you love and keep you from re-aggravating your injury. You'll benefit from one-on-one attention, important since each person responds differently to an injury and improves at his or her own speed.

Other goals include reducing pain and improving flexibility, mobility and range of motion. If surgery is still a question mark, going through physical therapy may help you avoid it. You'll also learn any needed adaptations for your favorite activities, and exercises that will enable you to continue with them when you get the green light.

Physical therapists, or PTs, are important members of the rehabilitation team. They evaluate and provide treatment for persons with health problems and disabilities resulting from injury, disease, overuse of muscles or tendons, pain, or loss of a body part.

Physical therapy treatments and services focus on restoring the individual's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

Physical therapists, or PTs, are important members of the rehabilitation team. They evaluate and provide treatment for persons with health problems and disabilities resulting from injury, disease, overuse of muscles or tendons, pain, or loss of a body part.

Physical therapy treatments and services focus on restoring the individual's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

Physical therapists may provide treatment and education for:

  • Mobility (movement)
  • Balance and gait retraining
  • Heat and cold therapy and massage
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Burn care
  • Casting and splinting
  • Wheelchair, walkers, canes, and crutches
  • Muscle retraining
  • Pain management
  • Cardiovascular strengthening
  • Use of orthotics (braces, splints) and prosthetics (artificial limbs)
  • Exercise programs

Physical therapists have either a master's degree or doctorate from a school accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association. To practice, all graduates must be licensed by their state by passing a national certification exam.

Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. The terms "physical therapy" and "physiotherapy," and the terms "physical therapist" and "physiotherapist," are synonymous.

After completing an evaluation, a PT will develop a treatment plan specific to each patient’s needs and goals. PT’s work alongside patients and their physicians to carry out this plan, providing interventions, re-evaluating the patient along the way and ensuring the patient understands how to manage their condition after discharge from physical therapy.

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services offers many convenient locations for treatment to best serve your needs. Whether you need to relieve pain, build strength or achieve your highest level of mobility, our team is here to help. Our Physical Therapists are trained to provide exceptional care using proven evidence-based practices. They have one goal in mind— to return you back to optimal health and get you back to normal activities as soon as possible.

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