Specialty Areas of Physical Therapy

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by anna

Sedentary lifestyles, long hours spent either in front of the tv or the computer, unhealthy diets. Our quality of life has indeed taken a nosedive and nowhere is this more evident than in the variety of aches and pains that we constantly seem to be bogged down with. Our lives probably would have come to a standstill, had it not been for the advances made in Medicine, particularly in the specialty areas of physical therapy. Awareness about the specialty areas of physical therapy among the general public is scarce and so is knowledge about the potential of each field. Here is a brief discourse on some of the more prevalent specialty areas of physical therapy.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

One of the more popular of the various specialty areas of physical therapy, this field deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders afflicting and injuries sustained in the musculoskeletal region. The treatment methods widely used in this type of therapy are joint mobilization, strength training exercises, hot and cold pack applications, and electrical stimulation.

, this field deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders afflicting and injuries sustained in the musculoskeletal region. The treatment methods widely used in this type of therapy are joint mobilization, strength training exercises, hot and cold pack applications, and electrical stimulation.

Geriatric Physical Therapy

The importance of some specialty areas of physical therapy has increased as the Baby Boomer generation has aged. Geriatric physical therapy is concerned with restoring mobility, reducing pain, and increasing strength and fitness in elderly people suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis, balance disorders, or are recuperating from hip and joint replacement surgeries.

Neurological Physical Therapy

Another one of the more widely-known specialty areas of physical therapy, this form of therapy is involved with helping people overcome bodily dysfunctions like paralysis, poor balance, and difficulty in walking stemming from a variety of medical conditions like multiple sclerosis, injury to the spinal cord, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and brain injury.

These specialty areas of physical therapy, when customized to the needs of a particular individual and administered by professional therapists, have the immense potential to bring about sweeping changes in the lives of patients. To learn more about the benefits of these specialized forms of physical therapies, call us at the Global Pain & Spine Clinic. Dial 847-299-7000 to schedule an appointment.

 

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