Physical therapy is treatment to improve mobility (such as walking,
going up stairs, or getting in and out of bed), to relieve pain, and to restore
physical function and overall fitness. The physical therapist uses exercise,
manual therapy, education, and modalities such as heat, cold, and electrical
stimulation to work toward these goals.
Depending on the injury, disease, or condition, physical therapy
may include work on flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or
balance. Treatment may focus on preventing problems or treating problems that
Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones
Your nerves and related muscles
Your heart and related blood vessels
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