Physical Therapy (cont.)
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When Physical Therapy Can Help
Physical therapy and recovery from injury
Physical therapy and chronic health conditions
Physical therapy can help you live more easily with chronic or ongoing health conditions such as
Physical therapy and health conditions requiring a rehabilitation team approach
Some conditions involve several body systems and can lead to significant disability. These conditions—such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and major cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) problems—are usually addressed by a team of health professionals through programs such as
Physical therapists are a critical part of this team. They address the issues of range of motion, strength, endurance, mobility (walking, going up and down stairs, getting in and out of a bed or chair), and safety. The physical therapist may also get you the equipment you need, such as a walker or wheelchair, and make sure you can use the equipment appropriately.
Physical therapy and significant health conditions of childhood
Physical therapists also work with children who have major injuries or health conditions, such as
Treatment is often provided in the school or in a facility just for children. The way physical therapy and other services are delivered in the schools varies among the states. Talk to your child's doctor, school, or your local health department if you think your child may qualify for evaluation or treatment services.
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