Physical Therapy

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Physical therapy (PT) is a medical discipline that treats pain and disease through physical movement, stimulation, and adjustment. It has proven to be one of the most effective tools in helping people of all ages recover from a major health event. It is especially beneficial to seniors who are seeking to regain their mobility and independence after an illness, injury, or surgery.

Licensed health professionals called physical therapists to administer and oversee treatment. Physical therapists work with each patient to develop a customized program of exercises to help them reach their individual level of recovery and wellness. By improving the body’s strength and flexibility, PT relieves a number of health conditions, such as

  • Difficulty walking
  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Poor continence
  • Stroke
  • Vertigo

In addition to exercise, PT can include electrotherapy, heat and cold therapy, massage, manual adjustments, hydrotherapy, and weight training.

The Goal of Physical Therapy

The goal of PT is to help patients return to the best level of functioning and wellness that they can personally reach. PT achieves this goal through a variety of exercises and treatments designed to strengthen the body. Treatment isolates areas of weakness or stiffness and improves them through lifting, stretching, flexing, bending, stimulation and massage. Physical therapists design treatment programs around each patient’s physical abilities, maximizing their progress while minimizing discomfort.

Seniors benefit especially from physical therapy. These benefits include

  • Better mobility
  • Less pain
  • Fewer accidents and injuries
  • Greater independence
  • Improved quality of life

Paying for Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services are covered by Medicare and most major insurance plans with a doctor’s referral. Patients may only need a small copay to get the treatment they need. Those without insurance can access treatment by paying out of pocket. Even then, physical therapy is some of the most cost-effective healthcare a person can receive, because it can delay or even eliminate a patient’s need for long-term nursing care.

If you wish to know more about the physical therapy services at Pasadena Nursing Center, feel free to call us at (626) 329-4676. We’re ready to provide better healthcare for your loved one.

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