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Physical Therapy for the Well-being

Physical therapy focuses on evaluating and treating problems with physical functioning abilities. This can be due to an injury, disability, diseases, or other health conditions.

Physical therapy is provided by trained professional Physical therapist. Physical therapists are experts in mobility and physical performance and promote, maintain, or restore health through physical examination, diagnosis, patient education, physical intervention, and rehabilitation. (Also, Read Physical Therapy Course)

How is it done?

First, a Physical Therapist will evaluate, assess and examine the overall functioning of your body. It includes:

  1. Physical examinationfor analyzing
  2. strength
  3. range of motion
  4. joint mobility
  5. flexibility
  6. pain and neurological function
  7. cardiovascular performance
  8. balance
  9. Specific tests
  10. Diagnostic tests like X-ray, MRI, CT-scan, etc.
  11. Observations both objective and subjective
  12. History taking
  13. Questionnaire regarding the condition.

Then, the therapist plans a treatment protocol, specific and tailor-made for the condition to come up with the mobility goals and to reach to them. This plan will be made keeping in consideration patient’s lifestyle, job, bodily condition and requirements.

Next, the therapist will discuss the treatment plan with the patient, educate him about the condition, the diagnosis and prognosis of the condition, explain the whole procedure and set-up a schedule according to the course of the rehab.

The treatment basically consists of:

  • A set of exercises and stretches prescribed by the professional physical therapist
  • Use of therapeutic modalities like ultrasound, or electrical stimulation
  • Use of different methods like icing, heating
  • Use of manual mobilization and manipulation techniques
  • Muscle training
  • Use of assistive devices, braces, supporters, etc.
  • Lifestyle modifications.

Conditions Physical Therapist Treat

A Physical Therapist is professionally trained to treat a ton of conditions. Theses are some common conditions a physical therapist may encounter within practice:

ArthritisCerebral PalsyFibromyalgia
Joint Conditions, Diseases and PainStroke (Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia)Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
BursitisParkinsonismFractures
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeMultiple SclerosisBladder bowel dysfunction
Frozen ShoulderMuscular DystrophyDelayed Milestones in children
Replacement Surgery RecoveryGuillain-Barre SyndromeAcute Respiratory Distress
Sprains and StrainsVertigo, MigrainePostural Imbalance
PIVD, SciaticaALSSpasms
Tennis ElbowBell’s PalsyAccidental Injuries

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy succors a person with personalized medical care specific to the needs as mentioned:

  • It helps decrease and/or eliminate pain
  • It reduces swelling and inflammation of joints
  • It manages neuromuscular chronic conditions
  • It optimizes physical activity and sport performance
  • It promotes coordination, balance and muscle strength
  • It improves breathing, cardiovascular functioning and endurance
  • It helps promoting wound healing
  • It assists patient with restoring normal movement for sitting, standing, walking and running
  • It augments effective recovery from surgery, major illnesses and disabilities, like stroke, accidental injuries, parkinsonism, etc.
  • It provides an alternative to surgery and prescription drugs
  • It educates and even train patients in injury prevention
  • It aids age-related health issues
  • It treats gynecological health issues

Specializations in Physical Therapy

Because the body of knowledge of physical therapy is quite large, Physical Therapists tend to specialize in a specific clinical area. These include:

  • Musculoskeletal/Orthopedics

Treat injuries and adverse conditions of the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary

Help patients manage and heal from a variety of heart and lung conditions like bypass surgeries, COPD.

  • Clinical Electrophysiology

Treat conditions related to nerve and muscle damage caused by compromised sin integrity, or wounds.

  • Neurology

Treat patients with various neurological disorders, injuries and impairments.

  • Pediatrics

Treat physical conditions in young people from newborns to teenagers.

  • Sports Medicine

Treat amateur and professional athletes. Are experts in injury management and rehabilitation.

  • Rheumatology

Experts in helping patients with musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis

  • Geriatrics

Experts in helping patients with progressive neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

  • Oncology

Work with patients who are undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer

  • Women’s Health/ Gynecology

Help pre- and postpartum women experiencing issues such as incontinence and pelvic pain

  • Wound Management

Treat both superficial and deep wounds with emphasis on the relationships between body systems

Finding a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists usually are associated to a hospital or have their personal clinics where they provide treatment. They also work in:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Sports medicine centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living homes
  • Rehab centers
  • Offices and work sites
  • Schools or colleges
  • Fitness clubs
  • Private health centers
  • Aged care facilities
  • Community health centers
  • Virtually

Training to be a physical therapist

To practice as a Physical Therapist in the NJ, one needs to:

  1. Earn a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy; study a given number of units: Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Kinesiology, Psychology, Research Methods, etc.
  2.  For the development of skills, one must complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in their interest of subject.
  3. Complete your Clinical Experience required according to the degree program
  4. Pass the State License exam.
  5. Meet the licensure requirements: The Therapist must be at least 18 years old, have cleared the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), and have passed a criminal background check.
  6. An optional Clinical Residency Program/ Become a Board-certified Clinical Specialist
  7. Maintain the licensure; must complete at least 15 hours of continuing education.

Not only the academics, but a Physical Therapist should be trained overall to confidently and efficiently treat the patient. For this the Physical Therapist must have the required skills and traits. These skills are:

  • Patience
  • Sensitivity
  • Theoretical understanding
  • Critical thinking
  • Clinical experience and decision making
  • Communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Empathetic and encouraging
  • Knowledge of the human body, medical conditions, modalities, etc.
  • Manual mobilization and manipulation techniques
  • Ruling out injuries from an X-ray, MRI, CT scan
  • Use of assistive aids, braces, etc.

Core values followed by Physical Therapists in NJ

  1. Accountability

Active acceptance of the responsibility of the diverse roles, obligations and actions

  • Altruism

Regard for or devotion to the interest of patients

  • Compassion/Caring

Identify or sense something of patient’s experience and consider the needs and values

  • Excellence

Practice of using the techniques and modalities and work towards development

  • Integrity

Abiding by ethical principles or standards; truthfulness, fairness, etc.

  • Professional Duty

Commitment to meeting one’s obligations to provide effective services to the patients, to serve the profession, and to the health of the society

  • Social Responsibility

Promotion of a mutual trust between the profession and the larger public for health and wellness

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Let's Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs

A 2.5 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – # 02517 

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2571

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-14

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NY, NJ)

Objectives to facilitate clinician ethical practice

 

1. Define ethics and the Code of Ethics of the APTA/AOTA to practice in an ethical manner

2. Analyze the boundaries of ethical priniciples for PTs/OTs to solve ethical dilemmas

3. Apply APTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

4. Apply AOTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Optimizing the Patient Experience

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02034

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Pending Approval by the NJ Board of PT – 2022 – 2024

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

1) Identify the components of bedside manner/ patient satisfaction and their link to healthcare outcomes

2) Apply strategies using social psychology to optimize the patient experience

3) Implement an organizational approach to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing the on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Improving Patient Adherence to Home Exercise Programs

 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02036

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The NJ Board of PT # 2111-80

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

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2) Define differing theories of motivation/influence

3) Apply social psychology to HEP prescription/plan

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The Science of Bedside Manner and Patient Satisfaction

A 2 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02037

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2565

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-15

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NJ, NY)

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Develop and improve empathy skills

2. Identify the link between bedside manner/patient satisfaction and health outcomes

3. Measure patient satisfaction in a valid/reliable manner

4. Apply social psychology techniques to improve patient satisfaction

5) Integrate organizational strategies to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Effective Leadership and Communication in Rehab

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02299

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Define leadership and various leadership styles

2. Identify successful leadership styles in healthcare/rehab

3. Implement effective leadership communication strategies in rehab

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The New World of Rehab: Addressing Burnout

A 1-hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02035

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition by another state board of PT (NY)

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Identify the causes of rehab burnout

2. Recognize the signs of rehab burnout

3. Apply strategies to prevent/reduce rehab burnout

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After on-demand purchase you will be redirected to a webpage with the video link/posttest link. A CEU certificate will be emailed following post-test completion