Phys­io­ther­a­pists use their knowl­edge to help peo­ple over­come a wide range of prob­lems

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Phys­io­ther­a­pists use their knowl­edge and skills to help peo­ple over­come a wide range of phys­i­cal health prob­lems.

Bone and joint con­di­tions

One of the main ar­eas that phys­io­ther­apy fo­cuses on is the treat­ment of con­di­tions and in­juries that af­fect the bones and joints. In par­tic­u­lar, phys­io­ther­a­pists of­ten help pa­tients who are re­cov­er­ing from or­thopaedic surgery (surgery to cor­rect dam­age to or de­for­mi­ties of the bones or joints).

Heart and lung con­di­tions

Phys­io­ther­a­pists may treat peo­ple who have had a heart at­tack; chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD); cys­tic fi­bro­sis

Neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions

Phys­io­ther­a­pists can help peo­ple with con­di­tions that af­fect the brain and ner­vous sys­tem, such as stroke; mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis; Parkin­son’s dis­ease; cere­bral palsy; spina bi­fida.

Child­hood con­di­tions

Phys­io­ther­a­pists treat chil­dren with mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions (which af­fect the bones and mus­cles).

Con­di­tions that oc­cur in old age

Phys­io­ther­a­pists of­ten treat con­di­tions that are com­mon in old age, such as arthri­tis and os­teo­poro­sis.

Phys­io­ther­a­pists may help pa­tients who are re­cov­er­ing from hip re­place­ment surgery.

Phys­io­ther­a­pists also play an im­por­tant role in the gen­eral care and well­be­ing of el­derly peo­ple by im­prov­ing their over­all health and fit­ness to help them stay ac­tive and in­de­pen­dent. Os­teopa­thy takes a holis­tic, whole-body ap­proach to health­care. It uses man­ual ‘hands-on’ tech­niques to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion and cor­rect al­tered biome­chan­ics, with­out the use of drugs.

An os­teo­pathic physi­cian does not con­cen­trate only on the prob­lem area, but uses man­ual tech­niques to bal­ance all the body sys­tems, and to pro­vide over­all good health and well­be­ing.

Di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing con­di­tions us­ing these tech­niques is called Os­teo­pathic Ma­nip­u­la­tive Medicine (OMM).

Tech­niques in­clude stretch­ing, gen­tle pres­sure, and re­sis­tance, known as os­teo­pathic ma­nip­u­la­tive medicine.

An os­teo­pathic physi­cian may also is­sue pre­scrip­tion medicine and use sur­gi­cal meth­ods to sup­port the holis­tic, man­ual treat­ment.

Many os­teo­pathic physi­cians also serve as pri­mary care physi­cians in fields such as fam­ily medicine, in­ter­nal medicine, and pe­di­atrics.

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