Physical Therapy is a profession that treats discomfort, loss of strength and loss of function resulting from disease, injury or aging.
Physical Therapists are involved in many areas of healthcare, from pediatrics to nursing homes. Physical therapy in healthcare speeds recovery and results in better outcomes. The APTA describes PTs mission as “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”
Treating patients with conditions affecting:
- Back, Neck & Shoulder Issues
- Elbow, Wrist & Hand Issues
- Hip Injuries & Replacements
- Knee Injuries & Replacements
- Foot & Ankle Issues
In Outpatient Physical Therapy we treat patients who can leave their homes and attend treatment in a specialized clinic. Patients may have a relatively minor complaint that has not responded well to medication or they may be progressing from hospital or home health care. Conditions treated may include back discomfort, sports injuries, orthopedic surgery and physical decline. We treat a broad range of ages from school kids to retirees.
Physical Therapy Begins with an Evaluation
The PT uses their extensive knowledge of anatomy and function to locate sources of discomfort, analyze muscle and joint functions and detect abnormal movement patterns in the patient. PTs take lifestyle and activities of daily living into account and may talk to the patient about their job, recreational activities and daily responsibilities in relation to their injury or discomfort. PTs use the information gathered in the evaluation to formulate a plan, to reduce discomfort and restore strength and function.
PTs partner with their patients to get them back to the activities they need to do, or the activities they used to enjoy.
A Typical Plan of Care in physical therapy will include, stretching, exercise, manual therapy and physical modalities such as heat, ice and electrical stimulation. The PT will also expect their patient to do some activities on their own between sessions and will provide a written home exercise program for this purpose. The ultimate goal of PT is to get their patients back to optimal health and have them stay there through lifestyle changes, daily exercise and techniques designed to reduce discomfort.
Physical therapy is often a required component of treatment such as following a joint reconstruction or a broken bone. Orthopedists regularly refer cases to therapy to ensure the best possible results for their patients. Physical therapy can also be prescribed to improve outcomes in the treatment of back and neck problems, arthritis, balance and foot problems.
In the State of Louisiana Physical Therapy no longer requires a prescription from a doctor. This means that if you have a problem that requires Physical Therapy, you can call our office and set up an appointment immediately. Similarly, if you have a problem and you are not sure what to do, you can consult with one of our PTs who will either treat you, or refer you to the appropriate specialist. Most insurances cover PT without a prescription but there are a few exceptions. If you have questions regarding insurance coverage, call our office for assistance.