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Physical Therapy

After losing a limb or spending several years with a physical deformity, physical rehabilitation is essential to balancing the body’s musculoskeletal system to enable optimal function and mobility, while also reducing painful symptoms associated with these types of physical limitations.
 

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy seeks to improve functional mobility, ease pain, and encourage proper healing (in the event of an injury or surgery) through the use of a variety of treatment modalities, prescribed and monitored by a professionally trained physical therapist. Physical therapy takes many forms through its various treatment modalities, such as:

  • strength training
  • stretching
  • medical massage
  • heat and ice
  • traction
  • joint mobilization
  • water therapy

 

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Patients who are candidates for physical therapy work to slowly strengthen key muscle groups, improve balance, increase flexibility, and increase joint mobility. As a result of the work done during physical rehab sessions, patients experience many physiological benefits, including:

  • pain relief
  • accelerated healing and recovery following a surgery or injury
  • improved balance
  • increased flexibility and range of motion
  • reduced chance of future injury
  • reduced scar tissue
  • adaptation to an artificial limb
  • adaptation to an orthotic device

Patients of all ages and physical ability levels are candidates for physical therapy.
 

Beneficiaries of Mobility Outreach International Access Ongoing Physical Rehab

Children and adults served by Mobility Outreach International are provided ongoing access to teams of local physical therapists. We rely on in country partners to provide physical therapy for patients which have received a mobility device. Our The physical therapists assess each patient’s pain level, flexibility, strength, range of motion, balance, neurological function, joint mobility, and overall functional mobility to devise and prescribe unique treatment plans for the patient’s physical rehabilitation.