What is a Physical Therapist?
Physical Therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the restoration or optimization of physical functioning for work or play. They utilize various physical modalities including exercise and manual hands on therapy for muscle strengthening, increased range of motion, decreased pain, better posture and improved ability to complete the days activities.
What kind of training do Physical Therapists have?
Physical Therapists must have obtained a minimum of a bachelors degree from an accredited physical therapy program and must be licensed by the state in which they practice. Many physical therapists today hold Masters or Doctoral degrees.
Physical therapists often seek additional training and certification in specialty areas. MUSC has physical therapists with the following advanced certifications: manual therapy, lymphedema, vestibular rehabilitation, pediatrics, neurodevelopment training(NDT), biofeedback, strength and conditioning, and wound care
Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapists work with a wide variety of patients from infants to the elderly suffering from acute or chronic injuries and/or illnesses. Some common reasons to see a physical therapist are listed below.
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain Shoulder
- Arm, Wrist, or Hand Problems
- Knee, Ankle, or Foot Problems
- Sprains and Muscle Strains
- Rehabilitation after a serious injury
- Chronic Respiratory Problems
- Stroke Rehabilitation Problems with Balance
- Disabilities in Newborns
- Pre-Postnatal Programs
- Hip Fractures Incontinence
- Fitness and Wellness Education