What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a rehabilitation service that improves or restores physical movement. Physical therapy is a good option to consider when trying to identify, prevent, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged movement problems. At Glens Falls Hospital, physical therapists work with individuals of all ages in the hospital, outpatient clinics and area skilled nursing facilities.
PT Services Typically Include:
- Exercise for strengthening, mobility, posture, balance, coordination, endurance, cardiopulmonary function, functional abilities, and daily living skills.
- Use of modalities such as heat, cold, hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ultraviolet, mechanical and manual traction, iontophoresis and massage.
- Training to improve walking through the use of a cane, walker, etc.
- Wheelchair fitting and mobility training.
- Patient education in proper body mechanics and lifting and carrying techniques.
- Family education and training.
About Physical Therapists
Physical Therapists have extensive education in the study of movement patterns and disorders. Their education includes extensive clinical training. At Glens Falls Hospital, physical therapists hold bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in physical therapy. A number of our therapists focus their expertise on a variety of specialty services.
Who Benefits From Physical Therapy?
Individuals experiencing pain or reduced movement because of:
- Delayed physical development
- Injuries to bones, joints, spine, muscles, tendons, or ligaments caused by accident or illness
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bladder and bowel control problems
- Neurological injuries or disease such as brain injuries, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease
Click here to learn more from the American Physical Therapy Association.