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What is home health care physical therapy?

home health care physical therapy

Many people can benefit from physical therapy. If you have chronic pain or an injury, a physical therapist can help you manage your pain and reach your recovery goals. However, not everyone can travel to receive physical therapy treatment. In these situations, you might need home health care physical therapy. 

Who needs home health care physical therapy?

Your injury or condition might make it difficult or dangerous for you to leave your home. In these circumstances, you should consider having a physical therapist visit your home for treatment instead.

Basically, anyone who needs treatment for aches and pains but cannot leave their home can benefit from home health care physical therapy. Many of the conditions that physical therapists can treat with home health care physical therapy include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Traumatic injury recovery

Which techniques are used in home health care physical therapy?

Many of the techniques physical therapists offer in home health care physical therapy services are the same as what they offer in a clinical setting. Some tools and equipment are too big to transport, but you can generally expect the same types of treatments, including:

  • Therapeutic exercises — These are gentle and safe exercises that can build your muscle and soft tissue strength and flexibility. Stronger and more flexible muscles and soft tissue help reduce tension and pressure that causes pain and mobility issues.
  • Manual therapy — These are hands-on techniques, like joint mobilization and soft tissue mobilization, that help with pain and range-of-motion issues. Manual therapy might also be used to break down any scar tissue you might have after surgery or an injury. This is beneficial because scar tissue is painful and limits your range of motion.
  • Posture guidance — Poor posture can contribute to tension in your muscles and pain in your joints. Your physical therapist can identify areas in your posture that need improvement and show you how to make these improvements.
  • Patient education — Physical therapists can guide you through adjustments you can make in life to overcome certain obstacles or challenges that you face with your conditions. They can also show you how to use assistive walking devices safely, such as crutches, walkers and canes. 

Talk to Border Therapy Services about home health care physical therapy

Are you ready to manage your pain and improve your range of motion with the assistance of a physical therapist? If you can’t travel for treatment, our team at Border Therapy Services can come to visit you. Contact our team today for more information about home health care physical therapy or to schedule an initial appointment.