What Do Physical Therapists Do?

Neurological inborn disorders, developmental disorders, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis and injuries from accidents and sports often lead to movement and function difficulties caused by pain or damaged muscle tissues, joints and bones. A person with a limited range of motion and impaired physical function may find it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks, such as walking and standing, which may eventually affect relationships and career.

To restore physical movements and functions, physicians will prescribe medications to reduce pain and swelling or to undergo surgery, if necessary. Another option is to undergo physical therapy together with these treatments or physical therapy alone.

What Is Physical Therapy?what do physical therapists do

Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitative treatment for people with movement disorder or function impairment that may be due to an inborn disorder, illness or injury. Physical therapy may consist of exercise, massage, exposure to high or low temperatures, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy or ultrasound therapy to improve flexibility, endurance and to strengthen muscle tissues. Physical therapy also helps prevent further damage to avoid permanent movement disability.

Denver physical therapy is performed by licensed physical therapists with or without a physician’s referral since a physical therapist is also considered a primary health-care provider. After determining the cause and extent of the movement disorder, a physical therapist will come up with a specialized therapy regimen.  Depending on the patient’s health situation, treatment can be done at the hospital or clinic and often patients are taught exercises and massages to be done at home. If the patient is unable to leave home, physical therapists can give them a personal visit.

Varying causes may require different approaches. Thus, physical therapists can also specialize in areas such as pediatrics, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, geriatrics, neurology, orthodontics or sports to be able to provide specific care for specific treatment needs. If you are in need of a physical therapist in Denver, contact Denver Physical Medicine today by calling 303-757-7280.