FAQ’s on Florida Physical Therapy (PT)
What exactly do Physical Therapists do?
Physical Therapy is a licensed health care profession for treating musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. For example, neck and back pain, sciatica, whiplash, arthritis extremity pain such as hip or shoulder pain, may all do well with treatment at a Physical Therapy clinic.
A physical therapist will evaluate you and set up a treatment plan that will assist with coordination, endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Exercises may core strengthening and stabilization (especially for back pain), stretching, active and passive exercises, weight lifting, and maybe receiving a home program.
Along with stretching and active exercises, your therapist may include ice, heat, ultrasound, TENS Units, and possibly electrical stimulation. These are smart individuals, so definitely ask questions – Knowledge is Power!
What problems are helped at Physical Therapy Clinics?
There are a quite a few conditions that do well with PT. Post surgical treatment after total joint replacement, fracture surgery, all types of neck and back pain, Parkinson’s, strokes, and much more.
Can I decide which clinic to go for my Physical Therapy?
Yes you can do that. Florida is known as a direct access state so by and large a referral is not necessary. There are a few insurance plans where patients do still need one. PT clinics will vary with the amount of insurances taken, so it is a good idea to check with your prospective Physical Therapy clinic.
How many Physical Therapy visits will be necessary?
This will vary, the average is approximately a dozen visits to physical therapy. It typically necessitates multiple visits to improve your underlying medical issue substantially. For example, after an artificial knee replacement it takes six to twelve weeks to get back strength and range of motion, and Physical Therapy is a crucial element of the rehabilitation undertaking.
What should I wear to sessions?
Comfortable athletic clothing is best that permit free movements, especially the area of the body being treated. You may sweat during treatment, so bringing a change of clothing might be a good idea.
Will Physical Therapy cause pain?
It should not be exceptionally painful, and if it is let your therapist know. However, therapy should make your body work and you may end up sore. That’s the definite goal, to enhance your function and reduce pain with successive treatments. It may entail soreness as treatment goals are being reached.