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Common Conditions - Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Some of the common conditions for which physical therapist evaluate and treat include:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions
  • Integumentary conditions
  • Joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Physical deconditioning
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries

Physical Therapy Examination

Our physical therapist takes a history, performs a systems review, and administers special tests to determine the status of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary systems, as well as any activity restrictions. Some of these tests include:

Aerobic capacity and endurance Gait and balance Integumentary integrity examination Motor function Muscle performance Ventilation and circulation examination

Physical Therapy Interventions

Physical therapists use interventions to achieve your desired outcome. The following includes some of the many interventions used by our physical therapy team.

  • Coordination, communication and documentation to assure optimal care
  • Patient/client- related instruction
  • Direct interventions, including:
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Functional training in self-care, home management
    • Functional training in community and work
    • Manual therapy techniques
    • Airway clearance techniques
    • Electrotherapeutic modalities

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