Physical therapy is an allied health profession that provides services pertaining to the preservation, development and restoration of optimal physical function.
Physical therapy involves evaluation, diagnosis and the application of specific interventions to treat the condition. Techniques aid in the relaxing of muscle and the improvement of mobility and function. Physical therapy helps to establish baselines for strength and range of motion, and has been proven to be effective in the prevention of many disabilities.
Some of the conditions treated by physical therapy include sprains, strains, contractures, arthritis, hemiparesis, paralysis, back injuries and sports injuries. Interventions may include the use of modalities, functional training, education, therapeutic exercise, posture correction and joint mobilization. Patients receive a specific treatment plan for the prevention and treatment of an orthopedic, neurological or cardiopulmonary problem.
Whatever the condition, the goal of any physical therapy treatment program is to improve or restore function to achieve a better quality of daily life.