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Definition - What does Physical Therapy mean?

Physical therapy is treatment offered after a physical injury which is used to reduce pain and improve and restore a patient's mobility. Physical therapy is often recommended to avoid the need for prescription medication and surgery.

Physical therapy is conducted by physical therapists who are trained, health care professionals. Physical therapists evaluate the patient's condition and develop an individualized medical plan to help the patient increase their movement, reduce their pain, prevent additional disability, and increase the functional mobility of an injured body part.

Physical therapy is common after a surgery or any type of injury. It can be offered in a variety of settings such as an outpatient clinic, a patient's home, a school, a fitness facility, a nursing home, or the hospital.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has been shown to enhance the outcome before and after surgery. It is also used to prevent the need for surgery. Physical therapy is commonly used to reduce the pain of arthritis and severe back conditions.

It can also be used to increase mobility for patients suffering carpal tunnel system, and increase other patient's balance.

Other common conditions which might require physical therapy include fractures, headaches, osteoporosis, pelvic pain, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Physical Therapy and Personal Injury

Compensation for personal injury claims can include payment for medical expenses including physical therapy.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person and need physical therapy the cost for this service should be factored into your compensation award.

Remember compensation for medical care payments can include not only medical expenses you have already incurred, but those which you are expected to have in the future.

Talk to a personal injury lawyer if you have questions about the amount of physical therapy you may need to recover your lost mobility following an injury.

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