Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?

Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?

Idaho Spine and Sports Physical therapy isn’t just for people who have sustained a major injury. Physical Therapy is beneficial for anyone who has been injured, has a chronic illness or disease, needs rehabilitation or has difficulty with mobility. Physical therapists assist people with developmental disabilities, neurological conditions, and those with a prosthesis. Treatments can often provide an alternative to surgery and long-term use of prescription medications for pain. The number of conditions, disease and syndromes that can be alleviated with physical therapy are virtually endless. From rehabilitation after accidents to TMJ pain and orthotic devices that align the spine, therapists provide a variety of therapies designed to ease pain and improve the overall functioning of the body. Physical therapists are available in multiple settings and can begin providing therapy even in ICU environments.

Therapists develop individualized treatment and management plans that aid the patient’s recovery from wounds, broken bones, neurological damage, jaw pain and migraines. Physical therapy is effective for addressing chronic diseases ranging from diabetes, COPD and osteoarthritis to brain injuries, cystic fibrosis and musculoskeletal disorders.

Physical therapy provides the expertise and technology to improve balance and sports performance, make environmental and ergonomic changes that facilitate movement and a better quality of life. Treatments also reduce the risk of injury and assist patients in the use of mobility aids.

Therapies are valuable for addressing emotional and psychological issues. They help patients engaged in smoking cessation, anger and stress management, weight loss and substance abuse programs. Sepsis, asthma, organ failure and seasonal affective disorder can all be alleviated with physical therapy.


Physical therapy is typically administered within the clinic, but maintenance programs can be designed for home use. Therapies are appropriate for patients of all ages, from premature infants to seniors. They help injuries heal, alleviate pain, and work with the body’s own abilities to facilitate recoveries. Current, acute and past injuries with lingering symptoms can be treated successfully with physical therapy. It’s beneficial for alleviating the rigors and side effects of cancer treatments. Therapists offer gait assessments and training to rid patients of unproductive habits and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of movement. Therapies can be used alone or in combination with other methods that best meets the patient’s needs.