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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Overview

When health problems make it hard to do everyday tasks, physical therapy may be required to help you get back your quality of life.

At Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, our rehabilitation specialists can develop a physical therapy plan that suits your individual recovery needs and progression.

When do I need Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is designed to help you feel less pain when moving, and can often be the best remedy for joint pain and other physical dabilitating injuries. Your doctor may also recommend therapy if you recently underwent a minor or serious surgical procedure.

Your doctor may also suggest physical therapy for short or long-term health conditions, such as:

  • Ligament or tendon problems
  • ACL or other sports-related injuries
  • Joint problems
  • Back pain or spinal problems
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Your physician may combine physical therapy with other treatments, depending on your health and recovery needs.

What do Rehabilitation Specialists and Physical Therapists do?

Depending on your specific needs, your therapist or rehabilitation specialist will design a flexible plan to rejuvenate your physical capability.

Based on these needs, your therapist will help you recover your endurance, flexibility, and strength.

Physical therapists will often include exercise in their plan for you, which can range anywhere from core-targeting techniques, to weight lifting and swimming.

How do I find the Right Physical Therapist?

At Fawcett Hospital, most of our physical rehabilitation specialists are board certified in certain fields. Board certification is an important distinction, but it's also important that you find the right person that can treat your specific condition.

Some of the best physical therapists can specialize in:

  • Muscles and joints
  • Bones, ligaments and tendons
  • Nerves
  • Cancer-related health problems
  • Heart and blood vessels
  • Lung problems and breathing
  • Skin-related problems including wounds and burns

Learn more about the Inpatient Rehabilitation and Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.

Find a Physical Therapist or Rehabilitation Specialist in Port Charlotte.