The individualized, "hands on" approach that characterizes physical therapy care is highly valued by patients. When a physical therapist sees a patient for the first time, he or she examines that individual and develops a plan of care that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restore function, and prevent impairments or disability. The physical therapist and the patient then work side-by-side to make sure that the goals of the treatment plan are met.
Therapeutic exercise and functional training are the cornerstones of physical therapy treatment. Depending on the particular needs of a patient, physical therapists may mobilize or "manipulate" a joint (that is, perform certain types of passive movements at the end of the patient's range of motion) or massage a muscle to promote proper movement and function. Physical therapists may use other techniques such as electrotherapy, ultrasound (high-frequency waves that produce heat), taping, kinesiotape, hot packs, and ice in addition to other treatments when appropriate.
Physical therapists will also work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Here at Southland Physical Therapy we treat a wide range of problems. View the list of some of the common body parts and diagnoses that we treat.
Pediatric Physical Therapy