Physical therapy is all about helping you to maintain, improve, or restore a range of physical movement which enables you live in a manner that maximizes your happiness and quality of life. It is recommended for people of all ages and in a variety of professions and situations who find themselves with painful and/or restricted movement resulting from:
- Chronic muscular or skeletal wear
- Sudden injury affecting the muscular or skeletal system
- Cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Balance disorders
- A range of less common issues
Physical therapists are recognized as a crucial part of the health care rehabilitation process, and are also increasingly appreciated for their services in reducing the risk of injury and increasing performance.
Many adults experience chronic pain on a daily basis, and commonly we turn to the prescription of opoids or other pain relief medications as a method of overcoming this pain. However, these medications can cause health complications of their own, which has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend physical therapy over medication for long term pain management. More information on choosing physical therapy over opoid pain management can be found here.
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is crucial to the ongoing development of the highest quality care for physical therapy. We must incorporate the latest and highest quality research along with our clinical experience and patient feedback. The American Physical Therapy Association is working to improve standards and collect the highest quality data. Learn more about EBP and the APTA’s efforts here.