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What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

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Understanding What A Physical Therapist Can Do Our Life

Physical therapy (PT) is considered one of the most effective therapies, and its demand has increased exponentially in the healthcare sector. PT helps people feel better, manage serious illnesses, and recover from injuries. It also helps us recover fast after an operation and relieves pain from muscle and joint pain.

As stated in the IBIS report, in 2023, there are 575,909 people working as physical therapists in the US. Data by Ambitions show that one in four people in the United States has a problem in their muscle or bone calls for medical care, and physical therapy is a major part of their treatment.

To understand “What does a physical therapist do?” better, we will talk about how they help people heal from injuries, deal with long-term health issues, and improve their overall health.

What Is A Physical Therapist?

PT use various approaches to address a broad range of health conditions. Their primary goal is to study patients’ health concerns, provide treatment plans, and coach them with physical activity and therapies to improve their overall way of life.

Role And Responsibilities Of A Physical Therapist: 5 Responsibilities

To elaborate upon “what all does a Physical Therapist do?” We shall discuss their diverse responsibilities in healthcare and their collaborative work with patients and healthcare professionals.

role and responsibilities of physical therapist

1. Diagnosing Impairments

PTs start by checking the patient’s condition. This includes going through their medical history, carrying out physical examinations, working on the pain level, and identifying the conditions to focus on. Then, they create a customized treatment plan for the patient.

2. Creates Personalized Plans

PTs use various strategies to help patients function and feel healthier. These can include exercises, massage, and equipment like ultrasound or stimulation.

3. Offering Treatment

Once the issue is diagnosed and a plan is in place, PTs start giving the recommended treatment. They meet with patients regularly, following the plan they made and adjusting it if needed based on how well it’s working. This routine continues until the patient’s injury or disability is healed or they are sufficiently educated to perform minor ongoing therapy independently at home.

4. Monitoring Patient’s Progress

Throughout treatment, PTs closely monitor the patient’s health. This includes tracking the patient’s movement, mobility, strength, and flexibility as planned to ensure the patient’s progress and recovery.

5. Teaching Patients On Recovery

A crucial role of a physical therapist’s job is teaching people how to look after their health conditions, how their bones function, and how to exercise at home. By doing this, patients can take care of their health without damaging themselves again.

What Does A Physical Therapist Do In Our Treatment Plan?

When people experience injuries, surgery, or circumstances that limit their movement, Physical Therapists understand the ins and outs of the situation to develop detailed plans for treatment. Physical therapy is a cost-effective way of treating pain of any form, as well as helping in curing and recovering following surgeries, conditions, or injuries.

Addresses Incorrect Movement Patterns

It identifies and corrects improper movement patterns, decreasing the chance of future injuries and promoting safer, more efficient movement.

Reduces Scar Tissue Formation

Manual therapy and stretching techniques can prevent excessive scar tissue formation, ensuring better tissue alignment and flexibility for improved recovery.

Forwards Faster Recovery

With the help of selected exercises, physical therapy strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and restores mobility, guiding to a speedy return to normal activities with fewer complications.

what does a physical therapist do

Physical Therapy Specialists Care Plans

Physical therapy specialists provide thorough care to patients with a variety of needs. They are trained in the skeletal system, older aged people, child health, and nerve systems as they can help with several conditions and injuries.

PTs have evolved to meet the needs of their communities. They assist patients in getting better with posture, lowering nervous tension, helping with athletic performance, addressing problems related to respiratory health, and backing up with preventive care.

Knowing ‘What Does a Physical Therapist Do’ is important when learning about the type of therapist you need for your problem.

Types of TherapistsKinds of Treatments
Pediatric TherapistsThey assist children in meeting their milestones of development and in regulating congenital conditions or deficiencies.
Gerontology TherapistsThey treat diseases associated with age such as arthritis, frail bones, and balance deficiencies in older people.
Neurological Therapists Treats problems associated with the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke survivors.
Orthopedic TherapistsTreats your skeletal system – muscle and bone weakness, like fractures, operations in joints, and injuries that take place in sports.

Conditions That Physical Therapist Help You To Recover

1. Help You Recover From Issues

  • Injuries in Spinal Cord
  • Ligament injuries in your knee
  • Jaw joint problems (TMJ disorders)
  • Concussions
  • Sports injuries
  • Tears in Rotator cuff

2. Various Common Conditions Pains

  • Back pain
  • Numbness Syndrome in Carpal Tunnel
  • Loss of Bladder Control – Incontinence
  • Trigger finger or thumb
  • Access Fluid causing swelling in arms or legs (lymphedema)

3. Help People With Long-Term Conditions

  • Common Lung Disease – COPD
  • Conditions affecting movement or posture – Cerebral palsy
  • A disease affecting the brain and spinal cord – MS
  • Muscular dystrophy (a genetic disorder weakening muscles)
  • A Condition affecting movement- Parkinson’s Disorder
  • Cystic fibrosis (a genetic disease impacting the lungs and digestive system)

When looking for specialized care for your physical therapy, you can go for trustworthy providers like Advanced Medical Group. Reliable providers offer comprehensive services with years of experience. They will effectively change their therapy plans regarding your needs.

Key Role Of Physical Therapists

Physical therapists have a key role in assisting you maintain a healthy lifestyle through handling pain and discomfort, therapeutic activities, and lifestyle changes. PT can help us in regaining our mobility functions in a few sessions. Your physician or another medical professional may recommend physical therapy to you. You may also refer to yourself in certain situations based on your needs.

Once you start attending sessions, try to be open and honest with your physical therapist about any issues you are facing. If you engage in physical therapy and communicate well, you can benefit from it the most.

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