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Rehabilitative Care

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy describes activities that will help you regain your strength, balance and ability to safely function due to a health condition or after an injury or surgery. Fidelity Health Care’s licensed physical therapy professionals can come to your home to help you get stronger and live safely.

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?

Many simple, day-to-day activities are no longer easy following an injury, surgery or because of a health problem. Physical therapy can help you resume your daily tasks and activities, like:

  • Getting in and out of a chair, bed or the car
  • Walking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Lifting or reaching for objects

The goal of physical therapy is to restore or improve your strength, balance, endurance, coordination, flexibility and to help your joints move better so you can get back to your normal routine. Physical therapy also can help you manage your pain.

What Happens During a Typical Therapy Session?

Your therapist will schedule a visit to your home. Together you will determine the focus of your therapy sessions. This first visit usually includes an evaluation of your current abilities, limitations and needs. Later visits include a personalized exercise program and other treatments based on your goals.

By participating in your therapy sessions, your family members or caregivers will learn how to:

  • Better assist you in most activities
  • Help you with your home exercise program
  • Work with you so that you can remain safe in your own home 

As you recover, you will all benefit from tips provided by your therapist.

What Diagnoses Can Be Helped with Physical Therapy?

People who are successfully helped with physical therapy may have one of these conditions:

  • Joint replacements
  • Bone fractures or breaks
  • Joint pain and arthritis
  • Weakness due to illness or prolonged hospital stay
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Diseases, surgery or head injury (concussion for example) that makes walking difficult
  • Neurological disorders
  • Stroke
  • Balance problems which make falling more likely
  • Amputated limb or new prosthetic
  • Pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cardiac disease

How Often Will I Need Physical Therapy?

The frequency and duration of your therapy visits will depend upon your needs and personal goals. Typically, a therapist will plan on two to three visits a week.

How Can I Arrange for Physical Therapy in My Home?

Physical therapists need a doctor’s order to come into the home. As a result, if you believe you would benefit from physical therapy services, speak with your doctor.