Physical therapy exercises play a crucial role in helping patients recover from the pain caused by injuries and diseases. Your schooling for physical therapy will certainly help arm you with the knowledge you need to pass the licensure examination, but more importantly, the program will give you all of the skills, insight and information you need to be a practicing professional.
In physical therapy getting your body to recover and make the types of quick recoveries that are needed in the world as we know it today of reduced benefits and cutbacks in care, you need all the help you can get in educating yourself and being your own patient advocate during the recovery.
Some of the treatment protocols used in these programs include electrical stimulation, hot and cold packs, therapeutic exercises, ultrasound treatments, training in functional activities, traction, whirlpools, UV rays, infrared, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), intermittent compression pumps and more.
I suggest to my patients that they take time each day to relax by lying down or sitting comfortably in a reclining chair and to close their eyes, remove any extra noise like a television or radio and imagine their full recovery and what it will look like to them.
As of now, there are seven specialty areas a physical therapist can get into: Orthopedic, Pediatric, Neurologic, Geriatric, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Electrophysiologic, and Sports physical therapy, as offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.