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The Beginner’s Guide to Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can sound intimidating to patients. It can be especially nerve wracking for those who have not used the treatment before, or are hesitant about their physical abilities. If either of these describe you, no sweat! (Well, maybe just a little bit!) 

Physical therapy is a beneficial practice for all ages and abilities. At Pursue PT, our goal is to help you get back to doing the things you love as soon as possible. Physical therapy for beginners starts with understanding what physical therapy is, how it works during a visit, and who can take advantage of this treatment. Let’s get started.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a group of conservative interventions for musculoskeletal injuries. In other words, a plan of care incorporating, educating the patient, manual techniques and exercises specific to a particular injury - designed to heal it over time. Because some injuries are more extensive than others, our therapists at Pursue PT educate our patients how to properly perform treatment techniques at home for continued relief and healing. 

What to expect during your visit:

When you visit Pursue PT for the first time, you will receive an initial evaluation and diagnosis for your injury. After a diagnosis, you will begin a personalized treatment plan that will continue for each subsequent visit. We will educate the patient so they understand their treatment plan and empower them expedite their recovery. During your evaluation, one of our physical therapists will assess your injury in-depth and determine the proper treatment moving forward.

What does physical therapy treatment include?

Below is a physical therapy guide that patients can follow when visiting the facility.

  • Manual treatments
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Patient education

The manual treatments come with the assistance of a licensed doctor of physical therapist. These are hands on techniques to help improve pain, increased muscle activation and restore mobility. The physical therapist will then provide you with an exercise prescription, listing which exercise therapies are essential for your injury. 

To promote successful healing, your physical therapist will guide you and give you the instruction to continue treatment when you are home. Our patients vary in age and physical ability, so we are experienced working with all different levels. 

Contact us today.

Physical therapy is designed to promote healing through a series of treatments. No matter your age or condition, physical therapy can be crafted to fit your personal needs and manage proper healing of your injury. Give the staff a call today at Pursue PT or visit the facility to get a visual understanding of physical therapy and what you can expect.