Though most people have heard of Rehabilitation, not everyone knows that physical, occupational and speech therapy fall under Rehabilitation, so I thought I’d explain these therapies in a three-part series starting with physical therapy. Therefore, you’ll be an informed patient if you ever need Rehabilitation care.
Physical therapy is a non-invasive health care specialty that helps people develop, maintain and restore maximum body movement and physical function as quickly as possible and to the best of their ability. Physical therapy can help:
Before treatment, a physical therapist assesses a patient’s conditions, issues and needs. At Carroll Lutheran Village, we develop customized recovery plans based on each patients’ unique assessment.
Think of physical therapists as movement experts. They use hands-on care, exercise and patient education, to help patients with their movement whether that be for those who have an injury, disability or other health condition or those who want to prevent problems from occurring.
They diagnose and treat people of all ages including newborns and those nearing the end of their life. Physical therapists examine each patient, then develops a treatment plan to improve movement ability, reduce or manage pain, restore function and prevent disability.
They help patients achieve fitness goals, regain or maintain their independence, and lead active lives.
Physical therapists practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, patient homes, schools, sports and fitness facilities, workplaces and nursing homes. Some nursing homes only provide physical therapy to their residents.
At CLV, we provide physical therapy to CLV residents and residents in Carroll County and surrounding counties (e.g. Baltimore, Howard and Frederick counties) in the Health Care Center’s Rehabilitation suite. We also provide care in the home of CLV residents because of our unique partnership with HomeCall.
Education and Licensure
Physical therapists in the U.S. have earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy, accredited by the commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, and passed the state’s licensure exam.
They typically study for three years primarily focusing on biology/anatomy, cellular histology, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioral sciences, communication, ethics/values, management sciences finance, sociology, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, cardiovascular and pulmonary, endocrine and metabolic and musculoskeletal.
Remember, physical therapy can help patients recover from an injury, relieve pain, prevent a future injury or deal with a chronic condition, and it is after a thorough evaluation when a physical therapist can create a patient-centered treatment plan.
Michael Winebrenner is the director of rehabilitation at Carroll Lutheran Village. He has his doctorate in physical therapy and has worked in the field for over 20 years.