What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy provides services to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities among those suffering from injuries, disabilities, or disease. At Spring Creek Medical the physical therapists treat patients with a variety of health conditions and diseases including accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as neck and low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, disc problems, arm and leg pain, arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and repetitive stress syndrome. In an effort to restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health, physical therapists examine patients’ medical histories, as well as test and measure patients’ strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Based on a patient’s medical history and test results, physical therapists develop treatment plans that describe treatment strategy, purpose, and anticipated outcome. A physical therapist’s treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. As part of the treatment, physical therapists encourage patients to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve an individual’s function at work and home.
How Does Physical Therapy Work?
Some of the modalities used by physical therapists to increase fitness, strength, and flexibility include physical manipulation, exercises, applying heat and ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, therapeutic massage, water therapy, and most important, patient education. Stretching is one of the manual techniques frequently used. Through physical manipulation, a physical therapist works to reduce muscle spasms; thereby lengthening contracted muscles, allowing muscles to move back into normal position. A physical therapist may use exercise to restore range of motion, as well as massage to improve circulation and decrease swelling.
Why See A Physical Therapist?
A physical therapist is a health care professional who is involved in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries or diseases of the musculoskeletal system–the goal being to restore physical ability so that you can function as independently as possible. Joints are assessed for strength, alignment, and balance. Physical therapists understand how the body moves, and thus work with you to help improve movement. Not only do they try to strengthen weakened muscles through exercise and appropriate stretches, they teach some people how to move better when walking, running, climbing stairs, even standing and using proper posture. A physical therapist also may need to assess how well you are able to perform daily activities at work and/or home.
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267 Spring Creek Pkwy Providence, UT 84332
Spring Creek Medical Center successfully treats back pain, neck pain, knee pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines and has helped many individuals live a pain-free life. Our chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapists and nurse practitioner proudly serve all of Cache Valley, including Logan, Providence, Smithfield, Nibley, Hyrum and North Logan, Utah.