It can be a wild ride for our patients before they come through our front doors. In most cases they have had an accident that has placed them in the hospital for a while. After an exhausting hospitalization experience, they are transferred to South Coast Post-Acute for some form of rehabilitation, in several cases that is physical therapy. The patient has already endured a significant amount of change and often they aren’t sure what physical therapy really means, what it entails, what the process will be like for them. We wanted to create a blog that helped paint a clearer picture of what Physical Therapy is.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy treatment consists of the application of several interventions that help a patient restore function and mobility to the body, reduce pain, and reduce the risk of future injury.
What is the process?
Following the initial physical therapy examination and evaluation, the licensed Physical Therapist, the Post-acute patient, and, in some cases, the family, will work in tandem to determine an individualized treatment plan that will help the patient return to the highest level of function. In many cases they are restored to the functionality they enjoyed prior to their accident. This is the first step for a new patient once they have been admitted to South Coast Post-Acute after leaving the hospital.
Who is a Physical Therapist?
A Physical Therapist is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and movement disorders. Interventions with patients are provided that may include exercise, balance and coordination techniques, neurological rehabilitation techniques, aquatic therapy, mobility training, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, specialized orthopedic manual therapy and other interventions that help manage pain and musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions.
Physical Therapy at South Coast:
It is important that Physical Therapists be trained and licensed. We have highly trained, Licensed Physical Therapist who serve our residents recovering after a hospital stay. They provide you the opportunity to regain your highest level of functionality prior to returning home in a safe, comfortable environment. After a trying accident and hospitalization, a team devoted to your rehabilitation and wellbeing is the best remedy and that is what we achieve everyday for our patients.