Patient EducationFrederick Sport and Spine Clinics
WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
The PT will give you tests to measure:
- How well you can move around, reach, bend, or grasp
- How well you walk or climb steps
- Your heartbeat or rhythm while active
- Your posture or balance
Then, the therapist will
You may take less or more time to reach those goals than other people in physical therapy. Everyone is different. You may also have more or fewer sessions than others. It just depends on your needs.
You treatments might include:
- Exercises or stretches guided by your therapist
- Massage, heat, or cold therapy, warm water therapy, or ultrasound to ease muscle pain or spasms
- Rehab to help you learn to use an artificial limb
- Practice with gadgets that help you move or stay balanced, like a cane or walker
Your therapist will watch your progress and adjust your treatments as necessary.
You can do the exercises your therapist teaches you at home between sessions. This will help you stay on track and improve your fitness.
WHERE DO YOU GET PT?
- Outpatient clinics
- Sports medicine centers
- Private medical offices
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living homes
- Rehab centers
- Offices and work sites
- Schools or colleges