Golden Empire Physical Therapists review patients’ medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors, surgeons, or other healthcare workers, diagnose patients’ functions and movements by observing them stand or walk and by listening to their concerns, among other methods. They also develop individualized plans of care for patients, outlining the patients’ goals and the expected outcomes of the plans, use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness.
We also evaluate and record a patient’s progress, modifying a plan of care and trying new treatments as needed and educate patients and their families about what to expect from the recovery process and how best to cope with challenges throughout the process.
Physical therapists are educated to use a variety of different techniques to
care for their patients. These techniques include exercises; training in
functional movement, which includes the use of equipment such as canes,
crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers; and special movements of joints, muscles,
and other soft tissue to improve movement and decrease pain.