Physical Rehabilitation

What is a physical rehabilitation therapist?
A physical rehabilitation specialist is an expert who will prescribe exercises, provide hands-on care, and educate the patient for optimizing his quality of life. He will teach the patient to prevent or manage his condition for obtaining a healthier, active life. A physical rehabilitation specialist can help to improve the patient’s range of motion, reduce the pain he experiences, help him regain his speech abilities, and become more independent in daily activities by applying personalized treatment. The treatment is customized to the patient’s particular needs, and it will help him to heal his body, regain the strength, relearn the skills lost due to injuries and be able to perform daily activities that can be difficult now. They are various types of rehabilitation treatments, and each one will help the patient in a different way to recover.

What is the difference between physical therapy and rehabilitation?
Physical therapy is indicated for patients of all ages who have functional problems, which resulted from back or neck injuries. They can have fractures, strains, amputations, stroke, injuries related to sports, and other medical conditions. The primary goal of physical therapy is to restore mobility and eliminate or reduce pain. Physical therapy will help the patient get back to an active lifestyle. It is a safe and effective way, helping with strength and mobility. Physical therapy is under the umbrella of rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation is the process that helps a patient who is recovering from a severe injury, treating any disability resulted from this. Rehabilitation not only will improve the physical condition, but it also improves the mental state. This type of therapy will help the patient who suffered a significant injury, such as stroke or surgery, to heal and regain the strength and also relearn specific skills he lost.
Rehabilitation therapy helps the patient restore his original condition, while physical therapy corrects specific dysfunctions from injuries.

What are the types of rehabilitation?
The primary therapies used for rehabilitation are:

  • this treatment includes several methods that help improve the flexibility of soft tissues and bones. This therapy uses therapeutic exercises, balance and gait training, stretching, functional mobility.
  • is similar to physical therapy but focuses on helping the patient become more independent in daily activities. It covers a broad range of activities from easy ones like brushing teeth, getting dressed to a more complex one, depending on your everyday needs and schedule. The therapy is customized to the patient’s needs.
  • focuses on improving communication and, as the name suggests, also the language and speech. If the patient’s ability to speak is affected, this therapy will help him deal with this condition and regain this ability.

What does rehabilitation mean in medical terms?
In medical terms, rehabilitation means the process of helping a patient to recover for an illness or injury, to regain lost skills, such as physical, sensory or mental capabilities, and learn how to be more self-sufficient. Through rehabilitation, the patient will be assisted in compensating for the deficits that cannot be medically reversed.

Does physical therapy really work?
Physical therapy works, and is a powerful solution to pain management, mobility improvement, managing certain health conditions. They are numerous benefits for physical therapy, and statistics show that it is an effective treatment for different medical conditions. A study was conducted in Montana based clinic that showed up that, after six months of physical therapy, 46% of its patients experience relief from the back pain.

How long does physical therapy take?
Every session of physical therapy will take from 30-90 minutes, depending on how severe are the patient’s injuries. The period in which you should attend physical therapy depends on your specific condition. You should participate in physical therapy sessions until you achieve the goals established by your therapist. For soft tissue problems, for example, it will take up to approx 6-8 weeks to recover. If the condition is severe, however, the treatment can extend and last longer. In some cases, the therapy can have results sooner, and the patient may be discharged earlier with a home exercise program. It depends on the personal situation, and your therapist will be the only one able to set you a proper schedule and make the best decisions for you.