Physical Therapy is a specialty within the medical field that includes many types of rehabilitative care, from pre- and post-surgical care, to wound and burn care. We at the Souderton Rehabilitation Center emphasize rehabilitation for orthopaedic and neurologic injuries and dysfunctions due to sports related and work related injuries, auto accidents, and disease processes such as Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Fibromyalgia. We can help you manage your acute and chronic pain with our full range of state-of-the-art treatment modalities. Our modern exercise equipment allows for comprehensive exercise programs to enhance your range of motion, strength, endurance, and function.
A Brief Overview of Physical Therapy:
Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It will help you move better and may relieve pain. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level.
One of the goals of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier. For example, PT may help with walking, going up stairs, or reaching into an upper shelf of your kitchen cabinet.
Physical therapy can help with recovery after surgery. Your doctor may suggest PT for injuries or long-term health problems such as:
- Back or neck pain due to sprain/strains or herniated discs.
- Tendon or ligament problems, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, knee meniscus tears, rotator cuff or shoulder injuries, or ankle sprains.
- Bone fractures or joint dislocations.
- Spinal stenosis.
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Multiple sclerosis.
Physical therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other medical care.
What does a physical therapist do?
- Your physical therapist will examine you and create a treatment plan. Depending on your health problem, your therapist will help you with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.
- First, your therapist will try to reduce your pain and swelling. Then he or she will probably work to increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance.
- Physical therapy almost always includes exercise. It can include stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. Your physical therapist may teach you an exercise program so you can do it at home.
- Your physical therapist also may use manual therapy, education, and techniques such as heat, cold, water, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.
- Treatment may cause mild soreness or swelling. This is normal, but talk to your physical therapist if it bothers you.
What should you look for in a physical therapist?
Try to find a physical therapist who is licensed and with whom you feel at ease.
You’ll also want a therapist who has experience with your health problem or condition.
Physical therapists can specialize in:
- Muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones.
- Nerves and related muscles.
- The heart and blood vessels.
- Lung problems and breathing.
- Skin problems, including wounds and burns.
- Cancer-related problems.
- Treatment for children, older adults, or women.
Here are some questions to think about when choosing a physical therapist facility:
- Can your doctor suggest one? He/she may have a list of close-by facilities.
- Is your therapist close to your home or work? You may have to undergo four to six weeks or more of care, two to three days a week, and it is very important that the facility is located conveniently for you.
- Do you need a referral, or “script” from your doctor? At SRC, we can take care of contacting your physician to obtain a script.
- Will your insurance company cover your physical therapy at the facility? At SRC we will work with you to make your care affordable. Talk to us about any financial concerns you might have about your copay or coinsurance or lack of insurance.