These are exercises to help to increase strength, endurance, range of motion and flexibility.
These exercises are specifically designed to help increase strength, endurance, range of motion and flexibility.
A physical therapist can prescribe these exercises and teach you the proper way to do them. This is a hands-on form of therapy.
Commonly treated areas or regions of the body include the back, hips, knees, wrists and shoulders.
In addition to giving treatment, a physical therapist will usually:
Ask about your medical history, current symptoms and your level of function
Test and measure your strength, flexibility and mobility
Discuss how you use your body during your daily activities
If you see a physical therapist, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them and if you have had them before.
Before your appointment, you should make a list of your questions/concerns/symptoms; your medications (including over-the-counter); and what makes your symptoms better or worse.
During your appointment, ask what might be causing your symptoms, when you may start to see improvement, if you should exercise or modify your activity, what the follow-up plans are and what symptoms you should report before your next appointment.
After your appointment, you should understand your treatment plan, including home exercises recommended by the physical therapist.
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