Physical therapists are experts in the way the human body moves. They use a variety of techniques to help you move better, relieve your pain, restore your function, and prevent disability. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we offer inpatient and outpatient physical therapy at a variety of locations for people of all ages with a wide range of needs—from those who were critically injured and on the road to recovery, to others with chronic conditions who are looking to improve their mobility, flexibility, strength, and function. Through care overseen by a physiatrist (rehabilitation medicine physician) or another doctor, we will carefully assess you and prescribe a regimen of physical therapy that best meets your needs. By engaging in programs aiming to enhance your fitness and wellness, we help you achieve a more active lifestyle.
About Physical Therapists
Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. They are required to receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. They are licensed by the Board of Education of the state and may also hold specific specialty certifications from the American Physical Therapy Association or other institutions. The physical therapists at NewYork-Presbyterian are compassionate, skilled individuals who work as vital members of your healthcare team.
Who May Benefit from Physical Therapy?
Anyone who is looking to improve their mobility, flexibility, strength, function, and comfort can enjoy the benefits of physical therapy, including those living with or recovering from:
- Arthritis and other causes of joint stiffness and discomfort
- Balance and coordination problems
- Cancer and its treatment
- Heart disease
- Herniated disks of the spine and other degenerative spine disorders
- Injury, particularly major trauma, fractures, and musculoskeletal injuries
- Lung disease
- Neck and back pain
- Nerve disorders
- Prolonged bedrest due to any disease or disorder
- Stroke or other neurological event
- Surgery, such as joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries
How Long Does Physical Therapy Take?
The length of each of your sessions and your total care depends on the reason you are receiving physical therapy, your overall health, and your progress. Your doctor and physical therapist will give you an idea of what to expect when you begin receiving therapy, as well as throughout your treatment. It’s important to do any home exercises your therapist teaches you; doing so will help you improve more quickly.
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