Physical therapists help patients of all ages who have been affected by disease, injury or age. Physical therapy can:
- 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 outpatient setting. Availability of specific care and treatment may vary by location.
Your health care provider may refer you for physical therapy, but many insurance companies 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.
Physical therapy professionals provide expert care for a variety of health issues and diseases. Select a location below to learn more about services and treatments available near you.