In short, a Physical Therapist is a health professional who can diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical conditions that limit their ability to move efficiently or prevent them from living their daily lives to the fullest. A physical therapist can take the lead in your rehabilitation, wellness and prevention of physical and functional movement.
Patients either come to a physical therapist directly or are referred to us by a physician. When we first meet a new patient, we go through a physical assessment to understand their current condition and more importantly what their goals are. We also take in your medical history to greater understand any underlying issues.
After the initial meeting, we create a care plan and work with patent to reduce pain and increase movement. This is done using both direct and indirect physical therapy methods. We mark the progress of each session to help hone in on what will benefit the patient most. Patients with similar physical conditions can have different programs. Each care plan is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and goals. If you think something is too easy, we will create something that is more challenging. Conversely, if you think something Is too difficult or painful, we will scale it back. The greatest successes are when the physical therapist and the patient have an honest relationship and we work together on creating a treatment plan to meet your goals.
Once a patient has achieved their immediate goals, we create a discharge plan. A discharge plan includes exercises that you can do comfortably at home to maintain your current level of physical wellness or improve it.