What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a health care speciality involved with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximum function of an individual experiencing injury. To achieve this goal, treatment such as massage, exercise, electro-therapy and rehabilitation techniques are used.
Physical therapists are licensed professionals who hold a diploma or degree in physical therapy. They work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, private clinics and nursing homes working with people that have sustained disabilities, impairments, or limitations in their overall physical function.
How you know you need physical therapy…
- After an injury, if you are experiencing, pain, swelling and restriction in movement.
- If you are aware of an upcoming surgery, e.g. Knee/hip surgery. (It is advised that you begin treatment about four weeks before surgery to prepare the area and to boost healing time afterwards.)
- If you have suffered injury/pain in the past and want to reduce the risk of it re-occuring in the future.
Most health care insurers cover Physical Therapy, so depending on what medical insurance plan you are on, you will receive money back on visits to the clinic. Lorraine and Procuro Physical Therapy Clinic is VHI and Quinn Health Approved!
Always make sure that the therapist you choose is included on a recognised, well established physical therapy register. (Example, Irish Institute of Physical Therapy). If not, you run the risk of not being covered by your medical insurance provider.