Physical therapy (PT) strives to rehabilitate conditions related to, but not limited to, arthritis and joint pain, soft tissue injuries, chronic pain syndromes, gait and balance disorders, stroke, joint replacement, gait abnormality, or any other post-operative or degenerative limitation, head injuries or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or ALS.
The goal of physical therapy is ensured safe and pain-free mobility of the patient and to restore and manage balance disorders to facilitate safe, independent living. A major part of Physical therapy is to help patients recover from and prevent falls.
During the initial visit, the therapist will do a functional assessment in order to understand the patient’s strengths and functional mobility. After the assessment, the therapist will develop an individualized care plan for the patient that will identify the goals set for therapy. The therapist will strive to help the patient in improving walking, balance, pain relief, range-of-motion, posture, strength or mobility.
Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on accessing and improving the patient’s ability to perform his or her activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and feeding oneself. If these activities cannot be accomplished comfortably, the therapist will identify tools and services that can further assist the patient.
Physicians commonly order occupational therapy for patients with stroke, neurological diseases amputation, and other disabilities. Occupational therapists help patients learn how to use medical equipment, assistive devices, and prosthetics. The goal of occupational therapy is to provide the patient with confidence and a sense of independence in conducting their daily living activities.
A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), commonly called a speech therapist, specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, cognition/thinking skills, and communication disorders. Speech therapy helps patients improve breathing, speaking, and/or swallowing. Speech therapy also focuses on the patient’s ability to understand words and the ability to use words to express him or herself.
Nutrition therapy is available as a tool to aid in the patient’s recovery or to meet his/her condition-specific dietary needs. A nutritionist will be assigned to a patient when ordered by a Physician to help the patient in following strict nutritional guidelines based on patient’s diagnosis.