Physical Therapists

Monday, September 08, 2014

There are more than 180,000 licensed physical therapists in the United States, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. They help to improve or maintain the quality of life for their patients. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about physical therapists in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility.

Physical therapy can also help with balance problems, lack of coordination, fatigue and weakness.

A physical therapist will conduct an initial assessment, observing a patients posture, muscle strength and flexibility, joint range of motion, balance and coordination, respiration, and motor function.

Treatment may include exercise, manual techniques, soft tissue massage, cryotherapy, heat therapy and electrotherapy. Therapists can also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices such as crutches, prostheses and wheelchairs.

Treatment aims to restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and health. They treat accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, bone fractures, head injuries and cerebral palsy.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings and nursing homes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.