Physical Therapy, as defined in the following paragraph by the APTA, is a primary healthcare discipline performed by physical therapists (PTs). They are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. Physical Therapists, like our Dr. Xin Liu, can now receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
What to expect when coming to our office for Physical Therapy
Our Dr. Xin Liu helps take care of patients in all phases of healing, from initial diagnosis through the restorative and preventive stages of recovery. Physical therapy may be a stand-alone option, or it may support other treatments, as can be the case with Breakthrough Wellness Centers multi-discipline approach to care.
Some patients are referred to a physical therapist by their doctor, but others seek therapy themselves.
Whichever way a patient comes to Dr. Xin Liu, they can expect to:
- Undergo a physical exam and evaluation, including a health history and certain testing procedures, including evaluation of posture, movement and flexibility, and of muscle and joint motion and performance
- Receive a clinical diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care and short and long term goals
- Receive physical therapy treatment and intervention based on the therapist’s evaluation and diagnosis.
- Receive self-management recommendations
Patients often train with a physical therapist in exercises that they can do at home, to help them function more effectively.
Dr. Xin Liu prides herself as a very hands on physical therapist. She stays with the patient for most of their treatment and doesn’t rely on machines as much as her own hands. This has made her patients very happy and healthy.
Some conditions that can benefit from physical therapy treatment are:
- Cardiopulmonary conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis (CF) and post-myocardial infarction (MI)
- Hand therapy for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger
- Musculoskeletal dysfunction such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, vestibular dysfunction, Bell’s Palsy, and traumatic brain injuries
- Pediatric conditions such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy
- Sports-related injuries, such as concussion and tennis elbow
- Women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and lymphedema
- Post-surgical patients from many types of surgical interventions
- Most joint pains such as hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, and elbow pain.
- Auditory and vestibular conditions, especially syndromes causing dizziness.
Other cases that may benefit include burns, wound care, and diabetic ulcers.