Understanding the Benefits of Physical Therapy

Maybe the most recognizable type of therapy, physical therapy helps patients prevent and manage their conditions to achieve short- and long-term health goals. In fact, physical therapy could help more conditions than expected. Some people may find a healthy body could still benefit from routine appointments with a physical therapist.

What is a physical therapist?

A physical therapist works with patients to form an individual treatment plan to help heal, repair, strengthen, or prevent injuries. Physical therapists usually practice in outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, schools, hospices, and fitness centers.

What conditions can physical therapists treat?

Physical therapists help patients with a multitude of health conditions and issues. Some of the most common conditions include:

  • Strokes & other neurological problems
  • Back & neck pain
  • Limitations in joint range of motion
  • Work-related injuries (eg. rotator cuff, lower back, sciatica/pinched nerve, etc.)
  • Sports & recreational injuries
  • Burns
  • Post-orthopedic surgery 

How will I know if I need physical therapy?

Physical therapists offer more than just post-injury repair. In fact, most people could benefit from incorporating physical therapy into your day-to-day life. Consider scheduling regular physical therapy appointments if you’re:

  • A Dedicated Gym Goer. Preventative physical therapy helps ensure your body is functioning properly & any potential injures are addressed early.
  • Thinking of Starting a New Sport. Before starting a new activity, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to receive helpful advice on protective equipment, proper footwear, & even injury prevention tips.
  • Training for An Endurance Event. Training for a race or any physically intensive event could lead to injury if done improperly. Physical therapists can teach proper techniques for safe exercises and productive rest times.

Is physical therapy offered at Culbertson Memorial Hospital?

Yes! The Culbertson Therapy Services Team provides outpatient therapy for patients needing physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

In order to qualify for therapy services, you will need a current prescription from a licensed medical provider. Contact your health insurance provider to learn about your coverage.

For more information on physical therapy or other therapy services, contact your trusted Culbertson team here!