What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.
As physical therapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including:
- Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
- Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
- Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
- Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
- Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
- Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
- Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
- Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
- Pediatric conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)
This is just to name a few!
Physical therapists are extensively trained in manual therapy which means we are “hands on” with our patients. This may include massage and joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as muscle stretching which we achieve using a wide variety of techniques. To complement our manual skills we sometimes make use of different modalities to reduce pain and inflammation including hot packs, ice, TENS, E-stim, ultrasound and laser treatment. Acupuncture and trigger point therapy is also widely practiced by physical therapists. Physical therapists are highly trained in exercise prescription and often give our patients exercises to do at home to help resolve their conditions.
If you have any of the injuries or conditions listed above, a consultation with a physical therapist is a step in the right direction!
Call PhysioTherapy Professionals on (217) 546-3301 for more information, or to make an appointment.
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Physical therapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor’s referral before attending physical therapy. Read more →
Pain, stiffness, trigger points, muscle tension and other conditions respond well to massage, but it is just one modality in a long list of treatments that physical therapists carry out. Read more →
The “placebo effect” is used to describe a treatment that doesn’t help you in real terms. Physical therapy relies on quantifiable results that can be measured to prove their effectiveness. Read more →
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