Your physical therapist uses specially designed equipment and therapeutic exercises to help you optimize your physical abilities, reduce the effects of disease or injury and prevent further disability. To help you achieve your maximum level of independence, your physical therapist may work with you on any of the following:
- therapeutic exercise to enhance your endurance and overall function.
- exercise and hands-on techniques to normalize muscle tone,
re-educate muscles and enhance strength and movement.
- techniques to reduce pain, enhance movement and improve range of motion.
- therapeutic activities to improve balance and coordination for safe movement.
- vestibular rehabilitation to help patients with inner-ear problems regain balance, stabilize vision and diminish dizziness.
- training in the use of adaptive equipment, such as a walker, cane or wheelchair.
- training in the use of prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (support braces).
- customizing supportive devices, such as splints, to return contracted muscles to a relaxed position and prevent further loss of joint motion.
- extensive education and training for you and your family/caregiver on alternate methods for mobility, either at a wheelchair or walking level, moving safely from one position to another and moving on various surfaces.
Updated April, 2017