Physical therapists work to help clients perform normal activities or to get back range of motion after injury, accident or surgery. They work with patients from newborns to the elderly and see injuries that are minor and take only a few appointments to injuries that are quite severe and require months of work. Sometimes, physical therapists work with certain populations or injuries only in specialty areas.
A physical therapist might chose to only work with geriatric patients. These patients are the elderly and usually do not rebound from injuries around as younger people. The physical therapist works on teaching the elderly patient how to complete daily tasks, even if in a new way and in regaining as much strength as possible.
Another area that a physical therapist might focus on is pediatrics. Pediatrics include children. Children are much more flexible and resilient than adults so the goal is to get the child as back to normal as possible. However, children sometimes are not capable of communication and also parental help and support is needed to get these patients back to functioning.
Women’s health is another area of specialty. A physical therapist in this ara might help women recovering after giving birth. Birth can be tramatic and injuries do happen. Women’s health physical therapist might also help women that have pelvic pain. Sometimes the strain of pregnancy and pregnancy issues will bring a patient to a women’s health physical therapist.
Physical therapist help people rehabilitate and learn to function again after a trauma, rather that be surgery, an accident or an injury. These therapists sometimes specialize in different areas and look after patients primarily in those areas. Other therapists see patients in all areas and do not specialize in one group.