Physical therapy is a health care profession that evaluates, diagnoses, and provides treatment to develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and function throughout your life. A physical therapist provides treatment when your movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Components of movement and function that are evaluated by a physical therapist include strength, range of motion, flexibility, balance, posture, body mechanics, coordination, endurance and general mobility such as walking, stair climbing, and getting in and out of a chair or bed.
A physical therapist evaluates the components of movement and develops an individualized program to restore your function. A physical therapist will help you with:
- Orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis
- Joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations
- Neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease
- Workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries