Part of your health professionals team
Physical therapy is a medical profession that is indicated in most conditions where functional movement is compromised. Physical therapists form part of the rehabilitation team in treating patients with orthopedic, neurological, cardiac disabilities and sports injuries. Physicians not only approve but rely on physical therapists to help patients regain their former level of movement function. Therefore, most clients who present themselves to a physical therapy clinic do so as a result of a recommendation from their primary doctor.
When someone is injured on the playing field or as a result of an accident or other trauma, healing will not take place with just medical intervention alone. Physical therapy is needed to restore muscle, joint, tendon and ligament function. In many instances, this is improved or enhanced after physical therapy. If you are referred by your doctor, he/she writes an order authorizing the form of treatment he desires, frequency, length and precautions necessary. The physical therapist then uses his/her clinical judgment in formulating the techniques and procedures he/she will employ. Or in some cases, the doctor may specify the method, i.e. ultrasound, electrical stimulation, therapeutic massage and the like.
Throughout the program, the physical therapist documents treatments, frequency, methods and outcomes which are submitted to your doctor on a regular basis until your treatment ends.
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