What is a Physical Therapist?

Also referred to as PT's, a Physical Therapist focuses on the evaluation, management, and prevention of disorders of human motion.

They are an important member of the rehabilitation team. They evaluate and provide treatment for persons with health problems and disabilities resulting from injury, disease, overuse of muscles or tendons, pain, or loss of a body part.

Physical therapy treatments and services focus on restoring the individual's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing further disability.

Physical therapists may provide treatment and education for:

  • Mobility (movement)
  • Balance and gait retraining
  • Heat and cold therapy and massage
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Burn care
  • Casting and splinting
  • Wheelchair, walkers, canes, and crutches
  • Muscle retraining
  • Pain management
  • Cardiovascular strengthening
  • Use of orthotics (braces, splints) and prosthetics (artificial limbs)
  • Exercise programs

OPTI is staffed by licensed physical therapists with extensive orthopedic experience who have immediate access to and communicate directly with our board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons at OSSM. Because of this "team" concept and regular communication with your physician, you can be assured that your physician is aware of your progress at all times.

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