Physical therapists work to preserve, enhance, or restore movement and physical function. Physical therapy may be necessary for those recovering after an illness, injury, surgery or chronic condition. It can help reduce pain and speed up the recovery process by improving mobility, strength and balance.

Here are some ways physical therapy may help you:

Improve Mobility and Reduce Pain. If you’re having trouble standing, walking or moving — physical therapy can help. Therapists customize care plans that can restore muscle and joint function, reducing pain and improving mobility.

Manage Diabetes and Vascular Conditions. If you have diabetes, physical therapy can help you control your blood sugar through exercise. Diabetes may also cause a person to lose sensation in their feet and legs. Physical therapists can help you to regain sensation and prevent further problems.

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls. If you have fallen or are at high risk for falls, therapists will provide exercises that will help you improve coordination and problems stemming from the vestibular system.

Manage Age-related Issues. Osteoporosis and arthritis are common ailments for seniors. Physical therapists can help you recover from joint pain, joint replacements, and manage these conditions.

Manage Heart and Lung Conditions. After suffering a heart attack or having surgery you may need physical therapy to regain strength and daily function. If you suffer from a pulmonary condition, physical therapy can help improve breathing and clear fluid from the lungs.

Physical therapists work hard to help patients retain and regain their quality of life. Speak with your doctor to find out how a therapy treatment plan could benefit you!

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapy Month is designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. Healthcare Therapy Services is proud to be a leading provider of therapy services throughout the Midwest. More info here.

7 replies
  1. Ridley Fitzgerald
    Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    I had no idea that there were so many benefits of physical therapy. It’s pretty great that it can help with heart and lung conditions and breathing. My dad has problems breathing, so I think he needs to try this out.

  2. Ken Hwan
    Ken Hwan says:

    I really appreciate your tip on how arthritis can be helped with physical therapy and loosening the joints! My father has suffered from arthritis for a very long time, and because of that, he is trying to find a way to keep his arthritis at bay. I will be sure to suggest to him that he sees a physical therapist.

  3. Tiffany Locke
    Tiffany Locke says:

    It’s great that this article explains how physical therapy can help with mobility issues as well as age-related problems, such as osteoporosis and arthritis. When choosing a physical therapist, you’d probably want to consider what you need them for, such as a sports injury or if you’re diabetic. Doing this could help you find a professional who has the experience and skills to provide the care and treatment you need to help with your situation.

  4. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    That is nice that physical therapy can help restore muscle function. Maybe it would be good to get more muscle function so I could have reduced pain. Getting physical therapy is something I will have to look into getting sometime soon.

  5. Derek McDoogle
    Derek McDoogle says:

    I found it interesting when you said that physical therapy can help reduce pain and speed up the recovery process by improving mobility, strength, and balance. One of my friends trains martial arts and he had an injury a couple of months ago in his lower back and right knee. He lasted a few days to be able to walk. I appreciate you helping me learn more about how physical therapy can help this kind of injuries, I will let him know that it can restore muscle and joint function, reducing pain and improving mobility as you mentioned.

  6. Dylan Peterson
    Dylan Peterson says:

    it’s good to know that physical therapy can help you improve your coordination. My mom is getting older, and she’s noticed that she doesn’t have as much control over the movement of her arms as she used to. I’ll pass this information along to her so that she can look further into her options for physical therapists who can help her restore some of her coordination.

  7. Callum Palmer
    Callum Palmer says:

    My dad used to play a lot of sports when he was younger and then into his 30s. Those times are catching up to him as he’s told me that he’s having some problems with his knees. As you said here, a physical therapist would be able to help him improve his mobility and reduce the pain he is having. Knowing that there are multiple to choose from, I’m sure he’ll want to find one that has experience.


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