Physical therapists' provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical impairments or disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or who have recently undergone a surgical procedure.
Therapists' examine patients' medical history and then test and measure the patients' strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, and motor function. Next, physical therapists' develop plans describing a treatment strategy and its anticipated outcome.
Treatment often includes exercise, especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance following an orthopedic surgery. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work, at home, and with sporting/recreational activities.
Physical therapists' also use laser therapy, hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound, whirlpools, paraffin, taping techniques, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and promote healing. Your physical therapist may include the use of spinal decompression or deep tissue massage and myofascial release to relieve pain and improve circulation and flexibility. Therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, walkers, and wheelchairs.
A comprehensive physical therapy treatment facility is available at Central Coast Physical Therapy in Atascadero and Paso Robles. Our physical therapy facility offers the latest technology in orthopedic rehabilitation and emphasizes evidence based practice.