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Physical Therapy Trends in Post-Acute Care

With healthcare and patient recovery top-of-mind during our current COVID-19 health crisis, physical therapy for patients is vital to a successful recovery. 

Shifts in healthcare have impacted providers to adopt telehealth services. While traditional therapy methods continue to be the backbone of PT and skilled nursing care, advancements in therapy techniques are becoming a reality. 

Here are some different trends in physical therapy for a successful patient recovery.

Aquatic Therapy 

The effects of aquatic therapy provide resistance and particularly benefit patients with joint pain, extreme obesity, or other mobility-limiting factors.


Telemedicine is becoming more popular in physical therapy. Helping people who may not be physically able to drive to their local clinic for an appointment.

Gaming Apps for Patients and Therapists

Gaming apps are incorporated into physical therapy processes to make the experience less stressful and more fun. Apps like PT Timer and PT Pal help patients stay on track with treatment plans.

Patient Safety

With health and safety concerns on the rise, physical therapy care is stepping up to keep patients safe with protective gear and enhanced sanitations.

Patient Facing Technology is in Demand

Trends in patient-facing technology come in the form of new equipment like state of the art treadmills and other tech-laden products such as wearables.

South Coast Post Acute Physical Therapy Care

As a premier post-acute care center in Santa Ana, CA, we have a strong commitment to our work and a dedicated spirit of caring within our skilled nursing care community. In a time where health concerns are at an all-time high, our knowledge of medicine and tools can make a difference. 

Exceptional, compassionate care; every time, every touch. Contact us today!

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