Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain resulting from accidents, injuries, a lifetime of poor posture, and degenerative conditions are often accompanied by a movement disorder. This is often treatable without the need for medications. By addressing the root cause of your limitations, physical therapists can often help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.
Because physical therapists are experts in movement and function, a large part of their programs are directed at recovering and prevention of ongoing injury, or loss of movement that otherwise might require surgery. The cornerstones of physical therapy treatments are therapeutic exercise and functional training. However, in addition to “hands-on” care, physical therapists also educate patients how to maintain their health, with the goal of having them lead pain-free lives, independent of the need for ongoing treatments.
Physical therapists may also employ a combination of other treatment methods, such as ultrasound, hot packs, ice, therapeutic massage, neuromuscular work, and hydrotherapy.