Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy helps people of all ages improve how they perform physical movements by managing symptoms like pain, weakness, poor balance and joint stiffness. Physical therapy can help people recover from injuries, prevent falls and restore mobility.

Physical therapists often work side by side with occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.

Learn four tips for making the most of physical therapy.

Senior gentleman laying on a therapy table while a physical therapy stretches out his knee at Good Samaritan Society.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

There are many benefits to physical therapy, including:

  • An alternative to surgery
  • Fall prevention
  • Injury recovery and/or prevention
  • Improved mobility and movement
  • Manage age-related medical diagnoses like arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Management of chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease
  • Pain management
  • Recovery from heart and lung diseases
  • Recovery from stroke and other neurological diagnoses
  • Reduced need for prescription drugs
  • Treatment of vertigo and dizziness (vestibular disorders)

Find a location near you or call us at (855) 918-1262 to learn more about our physical therapy programs.

Middle-aged African American woman lifting a weight with assistance of a physical therapist at Good Samaritan Society.

Commonly used physical therapy techniques

Physical therapists use a variety of methods, including:

  • Balance training
  • Diathermy
  • Electrical stimulation and TENS
  • Heat or Cold
  • Joint mobilization
  • Kinesio taping
  • Manual therapy
  • Strengthening
  • Stretching
  • Ultrasound
  • Vestibular therapy

Read how physical therapy is tailored to you.

Older gentlemen working with physical therapist on arm strength at Good Samaritan Society.

Choosing the right physical therapist near you

Your physical therapist should provide personalized treatment to meet your needs using a whole-person approach to care for the body, mind and soul.

Choose a physical therapy team that makes you feel comfortable, supported and encouraged. Convenience and safety are also important factors to consider.

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Senior Hispanic man working with a physical therapy to rehab his elbow at Good Samaritan Society.

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