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Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a form of medicine that deals with helping patients recover, maintain or improve their physical capabilities. The goal is to provide care and coaching to help patients restore optimal levels of function and mobility.

What is a Physical Therapist?

A physical therapist helps people with injuries and illnesses improve their movement and manage pain. He or she often work as part of a rehabilitation team to provide hands-on therapy, exercises, education and stretching maneuvers to facilitate health and wellness.

A physical therapist is a health care professional who has received education and training in areas such as kinesiology, anatomy, biology and physical fitness. Most physical therapists receive extensive training in patient psychology to best understand the emotional challenges a patient maybe dealing with as a result of their physical limitations. A physical therapist has a doctoral degree in physical therapy from an accredited program and has also completed a clinical residency.

What Does a Physical Therapist do?

  • Identify functional limitations and diagnose the condition of each patient.
  • Develop a personalized treatment plan to restore maximum movement and prevent further disability.
  • Provide encouragement to help patients achieve their optimal quality of life, not only from a physical perspective, but also with every patient's confidence and well-being in mind.
  • Coordinate care with other therapists, such as occupational and speech, to help you reach your goals.

When to Seek Physical Therapy

  • Recovering from an injury
  • Chronic or ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease and spinal stenosis
  • Stroke recovery
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Physical conditions such as cerebral palsy

Benefits of UnityPoint Clinic Physical Therapy

Whether you are recovering from an injury, coping with a chronic condition or undergoing rehabilitation, our Physical Therapy team is committed to helping you determine the best course of care so you can focus on what's important to you. We will also work with your primary provider so your care is coordinated no matter if you're in the doctor's office, the hospital or at home.