Physical therapists are experts in movement and function. After an injury or illness, a physical therapist helps individuals return to living a healthy, active lifestyle. Physical therapists study muscles, nerves, bones and joints, which helps them evaluate the unique needs of each patient. They also spend time teaching patients various exercises designed to help restore function. Physical therapists at Mercy work with their patients to help reduce pain, build strength, correct posture and increase flexibility, strength and functional ability.
Who needs physical therapy?
Physical therapy can be helpful for people of all ages. Anyone experiencing pain and functional limitations as a result of back and neck injuries, sprains/strains, fractures, arthritis, burns, stroke, amputation, work injuries and sports injuries may benefit from physical therapy. Healthy individuals looking for guidance in starting/maintaining an exercise program as well as individuals living with chronic medical conditions looking to improve their health through regular exercise may benefit from a consultation with a physical therapist.