Physical therapy helps patients who have illnesses, injuries, or other medical conditions that limit their ability to function normally. Therapy techniques are customized for each individual patient, with the goal of restoring strength, balance, and mobility, and reducing or even eliminating pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal dysfunction, and they also teach patients adaptive and physical coping skills, along with how to prevent further injury.
Patients can benefit greatly from physical therapy. Therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, and treatments like ultrasound or electrical stimulation can reduce or eliminate pain, and can help restore muscle and joint function. Mobility can improve for patients having trouble standing, walking, or moving. Stretching and strengthening exercises help tremendously, but if needed, physical therapists can fit patients with a cane or other assistive device.
For patients recovering from a stroke, physical therapy can help restore function and movement, and can strengthen weakened parts of the body. Gait and balance can improve, allowing many patients to be more independent at home.
For patients with a high risk of falling, physical therapy improves balance and coordination. If a balance problem is considered to be vestibular in nature, physical therapists can perform maneuvers to restore proper vestibular function, reducing symptoms of dizziness or vertigo.
If a patient has diabetes or a vascular condition, physical therapy can help restore sensation in the legs and feet. Regular exercise can also help control blood sugar as part of an overall diabetes management plan.
Older patients with arthritis or osteoporosis, or those recovering from a hip or knee replacement, will benefit from physical therapy exercises and strengthening techniques. Heart and lung diseases can be managed effectively through physical therapy by incorporating strengthening, conditioning, and breathing exercises. For more information about the benefits of physical therapy, please contact:
Newton Health Care Center
200 S. 8th Ave. East
Newton, IA 50208