For the vast majority of Americans, physical therapy is a bit of a foreign concept. Sure, we all know what physical therapy is, and have heard the term, but few of us truly know what is entails, nor have we ever had to undergo physical therapy. The fact is that physical therapy can be almost anything that puts the body in motion and exercises a certain muscle or region of the body. Physical therapy differs from exercise, as physical therapy most often follows some type of trauma of physical injury and is designed to reteach the body certain movements and regain strength lost due to lack of movement during your initial recovery period. At Advanced Medical Care, their team of expert physical therapists incorporate a number of unique workouts and exercise regimens. To better help you understand all that physical therapy can entail, here are 6 important facts from the team at Advanced Medical Care.
- You Can Find Physical Therapy in Many Different Settings
- Physical Therapists Often Have Specialties
- Direct Access to Treatment
- There are No ‘Cures’ in Physical Therapy
- You Might Even Have Homework
- Physical Therapy is a Precursor to a Strong Workout Regimen
While you are recovering from a serious injury, break, or trauma, your doctor may recommend physical therapy as part of your recovery. And most often, they will make a referral for you. In some instances, depending upon your current doctor, you can either be sent to an outside physical therapist or someone in-house, that is part of the same medical network or even works within their practice. In addition, physical therapy can be a major part of any treatment, whether it be injury recovery or simply maintenance – this is why physical therapists work in all different, and unique settings. They can be found in hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, nursing homes, schools, private practices, and even visit you at your home or office! At Advanced Medical Care, they offer clients the highest quality physical therapy, right on-site!
When you are in need of physical therapy, depending upon the specific type of injury or your specific needs, there are a number of different types of physical therapists. Some will specialize specifically in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, while others may only specialize in neurological issues or motor function problems. Other physical therapy specialties include things like treatment of stroke patients, post-operative care, cardiovascular rehab, wound care, and much more.
While these laws vary state-to-state, Direct Access is a healthcare provision that states that physical therapists are able to directly evaluate and treat patients without them having to see a doctor first – New York is a Direct Access state. This is a huge help, as often the requirement of a prescription or referral ads an unnecessary intermediate step to the process.
The thing with healthcare in today’s world is that many patients seem to expect immediate, on-demand, treatment, and eventually, results. They often feel that a trip to any medical professional should end with a prescription for a magic, cure-all pill, designed to treat their every symptom. The fact is that physical therapy is a process in which the physical therapist and the patient must coordinate their efforts to focus on the betterment of the issue over time. Physical therapy treatment requires work on the patient’s end, that can take anywhere from a few weeks to months, and in some cases over a year.
One of the most common aspects of any physical therapy treatment plan is the inclusion of an at-home exercise or movement regimen. This might be given to you as a supplementary part of your existing physical therapy treatment plan or given once you have completed working with your physical therapists at their office. Either way, by following their at-home directives you will drastically speed up your recovery and improve your results.
Physical therapy at its core is essentially just performing exercise(s). While the goal for a tradition workout is to lose weight, build muscle, or simply look better without a shirt on – the goal of physical therapy is to strengthen a muscle or region of the body that is deficient as a result of injury or trauma. For many patients, physical therapy might be the first time they have performed such exercises or had a consistent workout regimen. And because this teaches them how to perform certain workouts, as well as getting them used to actually working out, many patients will continue with this lifestyle, even after they have fully recovered from their injuries.
So you see, physical therapy has a lot to offer patients, and entails quite a bit more than most of us might think. For more information about physical therapy or to schedule a consultation with the one of the top NYC physical therapy practices, contact Advanced Medical Care today.