Physical therapists have been described as “experts in the science of healing and the art of caring.”
Physical therapists are licensed healthcare providers who can help patients with conservative management of their condition to improve mobility, avoid surgery, and reduce their need for prescription pain medications (opioids). They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, patient’s homes, schools, sports and fitness facilities, and nursing homes. They help people of all ages with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis, joint and soft tissue injuries, neurologic conditions, developmental disabilities, connective tissue injuries, cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions, sports injuries, and workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders.
During the first appointment with a new patient, a physical therapist will examine the patient and develop a customized plan of care. The physical therapist and patient then work side-by-side to achieve the goals outlined in the treatment plan. Physical therapists are there to support their patients each step of the way, both physically and emotionally. From helping with passive movement of the joints and massaging muscles to promote proper function to listening to their patients and cheering for their progress, physical therapists make a difference in the lives of their patients every day.