Physical therapy is considered to be a conservative method of medical treatment based on a complete understanding of human anatomy, physiology, medical conditions, surgeries and movement patterns during activities (including sports).
It focuses on relieving pain, restoring movement, strength and function, the prevention of injuries and disabilities. This is achieved through the use of therapeutic modalities (e.g. ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation), hands-on techniques, functional exercises and activities. Physical therapy also educates people on ergonomic (body mechanics) fitness and wellness issues.
What is that? What does that mean?
Did you ever go to a doctor, therapist or read an article with those medical terms that can only be understood if you are in the medical field? What does my prescription say? Each month, we will explain several of these terms. If you would like something cleared up that you have heard or read, email us and we will try our best to answer.
O.W.; BIW; TIW: once a week; twice a week; three times a week
HNP: herniated nucleus pulposus or herniated disc
Supine or Prone: lying on your back or on your stomach
Thoracic: middle spine
Lumbar: low back
Sprain: damage/tear to a ligament (connective tissue that connects bone to bone
Strain: damage/tear to a muscle or tendon (connective tissue that connects muscle to bone)