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.
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