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Physical therapy is offered in Mankato, Minnesota, and helps patients of all ages who have been affected by disease, injury or age to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve or restore function and mobility
- Reduce the need for long-term prescription medication use and surgery
- Prevent reinjury
- Maximize physical ability
- Extend independent living
Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants see patients in the hospital and in the outpatient setting. Availability of specific care and treatment may vary by location.
How it works
Your health care provider may refer you for physical therapy. Many insurances allow you to seek physical therapy without a referral. During your initial visit, you will discuss your goals for therapy, and the therapist will assess your movement, muscle strength and endurance, ambulation, balance and performance of daily living activities.
After the thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment and exercise plan. For the best healing, take an active role in your recovery by learning how to prevent reinjury and manage your symptoms and pain.
Your therapy team will provide treatment including therapeutic exercise, training in activities of daily living and patient and family education. They will work with other specialists, if needed, to offer care best for you and will quickly help you restore optimal health.
Part of your road to recovery may require using an assistive device, such as a cane or walker. Your therapy team will help you identify and get the device best for you and your needs.
Care for a variety of issues
Physical therapists can provide rehabilitation and treatment for a variety of health issues (availability may vary by location), including:
- Back pain
- Fall prevention
- Joint sprains/strains
- Neck pain and headache
- Neurologic dysfunctions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's disease
- Pregnancy and back pain
- Work-related injury
A variety of interventions are available and will be customized to meet your specific physical therapy needs, including:
- Aquatic (pool) therapy
- Balance/gait evaluation and training
- Dry needling
- Manual therapy
- Pain management
- Pediatric rehabilitation
- Pelvic health rehabilitation
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation
- Sports rehabilitation
- Sports performance training
- Vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation
- Wound care