senior women receiving physical therapy at hospital

Physical therapy is important to your health and wellness for so many reasons and a lot of times the importance of this form of management is overlooked. You can access physical therapy in various care settings and it is beneficial for all types of patients. So, your doctor may recommend this management modality for multiple illnesses or injuries.

In this post, we will explore the importance of physical therapy, the conditions that it aids with, who provides physical therapy, and more.

What is Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical therapy is a form of management that aids with patient care no matter the stage of healing they are currently at, such as the diagnosis, preventative, or restorative stage. PT is meant to reduce pain and help you live, function, and move more efficiently. PT is often used as an assistive treatment in combination with other management modalities, like medication, lifestyle changes, surgery, etc. However, it can be used on its own to expedite your recovery.

Who Provides Physical Therapy?

PT is typically conducted by a physical therapist. These healthcare providers are trained and licensed to evaluate your condition and formulate a plan of care to guide your illness or injury management. To see a physical therapist, you are often given a referral after being examined by a doctor or another qualified medical professional.

Where to get PT

Here are some places you can get access to physical therapy:

  • Hospitals
  • At home
  • Private medical offices
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Sports centers
  • Major corporate offices
  • Assisted living homes
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers

Benefits of PT

There is a wide range of potential benefits to gain from physical therapy, including but not limited to:

  • Improved pain management- physical therapy can reduce soreness, stiffness, and other issues to promote pain reduction.
  • Enhanced mobility- the more you exercise a body part, the more you will be able to move it.
  • Illness and injury recovery- conditions, such as stroke or fractures can be improved with consistent and targeted physical therapy.
  • Improved condition management- as an adjunct therapy, PT can tremendously increase the outcome of your recovery or illness prevention.
  • A reduced need for opioids and surgery- if you are finding relief or seeing improvement in your condition, it is less likely that you will need more drastic treatment.
  • Improved blood flow (circulation)- the enhanced movement from physical therapy encourages blood circulation. This is one way PT also helps to move certain medications around the body for more efficiency.
  • Improved respiration- certain exercises are very instrumental in aiding with lung field expansion and more intake and oxygenation of air.

Conditions PT may Help

Physical therapy is quite versatile and can aid with the management of several condition types, including:

  • Respiratory conditions
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • sports-related injuries
  • Pregnancy-related injuries and illnesses
  • Pediatric conditions

PT involves the use of certain activities and moves to aid with enhancing your recovery or prevention efforts. It is a widely available and quite beneficial treatment modality that is applicable to a series of conditions.

At Sioux Center Health, it is our goal that you’ll feel our genuine concern for your health the moment you walk in our door. We respect your time, so you won’t be kept waiting for your appointment. When you come in for your initial visit, we will thoroughly evaluate your condition, find the cause of your pain and discuss with you in great detail your diagnosis/treatment plan. We will then establish a treatment approach to effectively and efficiently treat your problem.

For more information, visit siouxcenterhealth.org or call either of our therapy centers in Sioux Center (712.722.8125) or Hull (712.439.2266)