Physical therapists are commonly called in for patients with arthritis and joint pain, joint replacements, soft tissue injuries, chronic pain syndromes, gait and balance disorders, stroke, head injuries or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or ALS.
On the first visit, your PT will do a functional assessment to get an idea of your strength and functional mobility.
Next, the therapist will help you identify your goals and provide counseling on what's realistic. Depending on your unique circumstances, your PT might work with you to help you improve your walking, balance, pain relief, range-of-motion, posture, strength or mobility. You'll be educated on what movements and habits to avoid. And, in most cases, you'll get homework - exercises for you to do on your own.
One major reason doctors order physical therapy is to help patients recover from and prevent falls. Studies show that falls are the leading reason for admission to skilled nursing facilities. In the U.S. alone, one of three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, and more than half fall more than once. This annual rate increases over the age of 80.
Amedisys' Balanced for Life Program® is a comprehensive program that evaluates each patient to develop a systematic approach to treatment. The goal of this unique program is to help restore and manage balance disorders to facilitate safe, independent living.
It's all about keeping you where you want to be - at home.
"When I met with my doctor for my 6-week checkup, he stated that I had progressed remarkably, that I was cleared to drive, and that I would probably not need much additional outpatient therapy. I credit my physical therapist completely for my rapid recovery."
- John, Virginia
"My physical therapist was always so solicitous of my well-being that very seldom did I feel major pain during the walking, stretching, balancing and weight lifting exercises she guided me through. In this day and age it is really a pleasure to meet and interact with someone so dedicated to their job and so concerned about the health and comfort of others."
- Theodore, South Carolina