Who Is Physical Therapy Good For?

There are many reasons to consider physical therapy. While people associate this therapy with post-injury recovery, it can also be used for lots of medical conditions. If you’re curious what those conditions are, read on.

Who Is Physical Therapy Good For?

If you have any of the following conditions, then you’re likely a good candidate for physical therapy:

  • Lymphedema, a condition where limbs become swollen and inflexible and in which exercise plays a key role
  • Urinary incontinence, where bladder training prevents the symptoms of this condition from disrupting day-to-day life
  • Tennis elbow and concussions, two conditions that are associated with sports or exercise
  • Muscular dystrophy, where a physical therapist can instruct the patient on how to use braces and mobility aids as well as teach them breathing assistance and other exercises
  • Cerebral palsy, where moving is crucial in warding off the progression of the disease
  • Traumatic brain injuries, vestibular dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other neurological issues
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), rotator cuff tears, back pain, and other musculoskeletal dysfunctions
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, where exercises and hand therapy can lessen or even eliminate aches and pains
  • Post-myocardial infarction, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other cardiopulmonary diseases

What Does Physical Therapy Include?

When you meet with your physical therapist for the first time, they’ll typically start by going over your medical records. You’ll also discuss your symptoms. Then, you’ll get a physical exam. Further testing may be needed to make a diagnosis.

Once the physical therapist knows which diseases or conditions you have, they can recommend some treatments and training exercises that can lessen pain and reduce symptom severity.

If you’re considering physical therapy for post-injury recovery or for a medical condition, trust in our staff at Affiliated Therapy Group Practice in Corpus Christi, Texas. You can reach us by phone to book your appointment today.