Physical Therapy: A Look Into What It Is, What We Do, and Who Can Benefit From It

Each year, over 10 million Americans benefit from participating in physical therapy. As a part of the rehabilitation process, physical therapy plays a vital role in customer care and client recovery. If you are considering physical therapy, it’s important to know what this practice consists of and who benefits.

Why Physical Therapy?

There are many different reasons individuals seek to participate in physical therapy. Typically, this practice is centered around either restoring a client’s abilities or preventing future injury. Common reasons for beginning physical therapy include wanting and/or needing to:

  • Strengthen muscles (this can be preventative or restorative)
  • Reduce pain
  • Regain/increase muscle function
  • Alleviate impairments
  • Improve quality of life

Who Needs Physical Therapy?

Since physical therapy seeks to improve an individual’s quality of life through restorative or preventative care, virtually anyone can benefit. Often, individuals seek care from a physical therapist to alleviate pain, eliminate discomfort, or prevent future injury.

While many patients participate in physical therapy following a surgery or procedure, you do not need to undergo any previous medical treatment to begin seeing a therapist. Experiencing pain or discomfort amidst the routine of daily life is a great reason to consider physical therapy. At OrthoUnited, our trained specialists are ready and able to get you back to living your best life--whether that includes recovery from joint pain, sport-induced injuries, or a variety of other causes.

Learn more about physical therapy services at OrthoUnited.

What Can Be Expected During Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy consists of a diverse assortment of exercises, care, and patient education. Each patient brings their own unique needs and goals to the recovery process, which is why at OrthoUnited we tailor physical therapy care to the needs of each individual. We work with you to create an individual plan that reaches your specific goals. Often, this includes a variety of exercises and movement focused on:

  • Range of motion
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Functional mobility

By choosing OrthoUnited, you can be sure that our specialists will design a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Learn more about our on-site services.

Is Physical Therapy Right for You?

While nearly everyone can benefit from physical therapy, some conditions need further specialized care. If pain or severe discomfort continues after finishing physical therapy, surgery may be the best option.

At OrthoUnited, we’re ready to help. Our state-of-the-art facilities are staffed with the professionals and resources needed to treat your injury or condition and help you achieve a full recovery. Request a consultation today!