Physical therapy is a proven non-drug option that is effective in combatting many different health conditions. Medication alone does not manage improvement in every area necessary to a patient’s health. From chronic conditions, long-term illness or temporary physical limitations, the goal of physical therapy is to restore and improve a patient’s ability to function. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapy can restore or increase strength, range of motion, flexibility, coordination, and endurance — as well as reduce pain. (1)
Every patient has unique therapy needs. Tim Kauffman, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy at the Hahnemann campus of Drexel University states that, “It’s important to look at each individual. Every person of any age has an individual background, say an auto accident, football injury, genetic predispositions. No two ‘old’ people are the same.” The therapist will assess a patient’s history as well as their current condition and create a plan using a variety of treatment methods. (1) Physical therapy can be beneficial for conditions such as osteoarthritis, general pain, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, vertigo, incontinence, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, various injuries, and more. A patient regaining the ability to perform daily tasks is a top priority in therapy plans. Physical therapy has been known to increase strength and flexibility, which can prevent future problems or re-admissions into the hospital. Aside from the physical benefits, patients earn themselves a renewed level of confidence in themselves.