Physical therapy interventions are used across a lifespan to help individuals improve movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent future disability and loss of mobility before it occurs.
Common physical therapy interventions include physical therapists and assistants working with individuals in a variety of settings such as; schools, education and research centers, outpatient clinics, private practices, hospitals, work settings, fitness facilities and nursing homes.
Physical therapists are highly educated to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat those who have medical problems or health related conditions that may limit or impact their ability to move and perform functional daily activities. Physical therapist services are known to have a positive impact on an individual’s health related quality of life as the general focus of services in on health maintenance, rehabilitation and prevention. Therapists are essential participants in health care delivery systems and often assume leadership roles in professional and community organizations by promoting fitness, health and wellness. In addition, physical therapists play an important role in developing standards related to physical therapy practice as well as ensuring health care services’ policies are available, accessible and delivered.
There are many physical therapy intervention options depending on diagnosis.
Treatment plans of care are developed based on client history, systems review, and results of tests and measures performed during the evaluation process. Based on data, prognosis, diagnosis, and patient/client goals; physical therapists provide intervention through interactions, procedures, and instruction with patients/clients. Re-examination and modifications to goals and expected outcomes are common throughout the physical therapy intervention process before discharge plans are developed and implemented.
Core values of physical therapy interventions include
- Promote the ability to move
- Reduce client/patient pain
- Restore, improve, and maintain optimum physical function, wellness and fitness, and quality of life as it relates to health and movement
- Prevent the onset, symptoms and progression of functional limitations, impairments, and disabilities that result from injuries, disorders, conditions and diseases
- Educating client/patients on how to prevent or manage their condition