Surviving Injury

Physical Therapy Physical therapy (PT) is a skilled intervention that focuses upon the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disabilities that limit motion and the ability to perform activities of daily life. PT is also implemented to prevent illness or disease associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness training. Sometimes referred to as physiotherapy, physical therapy is practiced by physical therapists. As with most medical interventions, PT begins with an assessment process. Initially, the physical therapist speaks with the victim and survivor to document medical history. The second portion of the assessment

involves a physical examination. During the examination, the physical therapist may test range of motion, balance, muscle strength, motor function, and muscle performance. The assessment process is intended to identify potential problems, establish functional limitations, refine the diagnosis, and establish a baseline for monitoring progress.

Physical therapy begins with an assessment process to develop a treatment plan.

Following the assessment, the physical therapist develops a treatment plan. The plan identifies goals and specific interventions to meet each goal. Treatment plan goals might include enhanced mobility, pain reduction, function restoration, and prevention of further injury. The physical therapist may also recommend the use of adaptive equipment and completion of prescribed exercises. Once a treatment plan is established, the physical therapist schedules a number of weekly visits depending upon the needs

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