Adults and children whose lives have been altered by head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, orthopedic injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, burns, arthritis and any other orthopedic or neurological injury/disease may be referred for physical therapy. A physician's order is required to initiate physical therapy evaluations and/or treatment.
The goal of physical therapy is to help individuals meet the challenge of a disability by maximizing functional independence and community reintegration results. Goals include restoration of strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, coordination and endurance.
- Ambulation training with or without orthotics or prostheses
- Bed mobility and transfer training
- Electrical stimulation
- Instruction in proper body mechanics, lifting techniques and lower back care, along with guidelines for safe work performance
- Injury prevention education and work accommodation assessment
- Modalities for pain control, joint motion and soft tissue healing, skin care and wound management
- Patient and family education
- Pool therapy
- Lower extremity orthotic evaluation