Recovery Made Easier with Physical Therapy
We often hear about physical therapy after people enter a program following an injury of sorts, especially sports-related. But did you know that physical therapy can also make a significant difference in your ability to get back to the things you used to do following certain surgeries or congenital conditions?
For Danny Laws, PT, director of physical therapy at Faith Community Hospital (FCH), the work of a physical therapist is key to helping patients recuperate.
Physical therapy is an approach to rehabilitation that utilizes various forms of exercise and equipment which are specifically designed to assist people in regaining or improving their physical strength and motion.
Licensed therapists work individually with each patient and their physician to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan. Goals are outlined based on the patient’s condition and a program is carried out that focuses on meeting recovery goals.
“The progress of our patients is generally measured in numerous ways, closely monitored to ensure that patients are reaching their individual goal,” said Laws. “Based on the condition, we might monitor their balance, endurance, flexibility, range and speed of motion, and strength, among other factors.”
Common after debilitating accidents or a surgical procedure, physical therapy works by restoring a patient’s ability to function by minimizing their physical impairment. Those who suffer from congenital or acquired conditions also have much to benefit from a physical therapy program.
There are many reasons our patients come in for a rehabilitation program, not just because for the obvious such as post-surgery or after an accident.
“It’s common that we see patients who are suffering from arthritis, recently had a stroke, have respiratory conditions, or are simply recovering from a sports-related injury,” Keely Howard, PTA, explained. “There really is no one common reason why people seek physical therapy.”
Because rehabilitation programs are personalized based on the patient’s condition, the physical therapists at FCH can cater to almost any patient with a condition that can benefit from physical therapy.
Treatment is often dependent on a patient’s condition. Therapists develop a program that utilize any number of techniques, including methods of pain reduction.
With the opening of the new FCH replacement facility later this year, the hospital is looking forward to moving into an expanded space that will improve the availability of therapy services of patients.
“We’re excited to finally have more space to help accommodate more patients at once and bring in new equipment have services associated with physical therapy,” Sharile Johnson added.
If you have recently suffered from an accident, are recovering from surgery, or have a medical condition that you think might benefit from physical therapy, ask your doctor if a rehabilitation program at Faith Community Hospital is right for you.