Guided by the evaluation findings, the physical therapist will then develop and facilitate a plan of care. The physical therapist will consider functional progress; and include ongoing review and refinement to the treatment program. Patient education is a key aspect of all patient centered plans. Various methods will be used depending on the diagnosis. These may include neuromuscular re-education (facilitating muscles in a normal sequence) functional exercise (strength, motor control, stretching, and endurance), manual techniques (joint mobilization, soft tissue massage), and modalities (heat/cold therapy, iontophoresis, electrotherapy, and ultrasound). The therapist may even refer you to aquatic therapy based on your level of fitness at the beginning of treatment.
About the Author: Paula Webster
Paula Webster graduated in 1998 in the field of physical therapy from the University of Hartford. She also holds a certification in strength and Conditioning. Since graduation her clinical experience includes general orthopedics, sports medicine, adolescent strength training and adolescent spinal dysfunction. She is the founder of the Six Degrees of Freedom program for children with adolescent spinal deformities.