Physical Therapy: Service Beyond Expectation

How Can Physical Therapy Help You?

Physical therapists specialize in treating patients with functional issues related to motor and sensory impairments. They are trained in all aspects of anatomy and physiology related to normal function, with an emphasis on movement. They assess the rehabilitation patient’s strength, endurance, range of motion, gait abnormities and sensory deficits to design individualized rehabilitation programs aimed at regaining control over motor functions.

Physical therapists help patients regain or improve the use of the body, teach compensatory strategies to reduce the affect of remaining physical challenges and establish ongoing exercise programs to help people retain their newly learned skills. Some people tend to avoid using impaired limbs, a behavior called learned non-use. However, the repetitive use of impaired limbs encourages brain control and helps reduce physical challenges.

Strategies used by physical therapists to encourage the use of arms and legs include selective sensory stimulation such as tapping or stroking, active and passive range-of-motion exercises to build strength and flexibility, and temporary restraint of healthy limbs while practicing motor tasks. Some physical therapists may use a new technology, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), that encourages brain reorganization and recovery of function.

In general, Physical therapy emphasizes practicing isolated movement to another, and rehearsing complex movements that require a great deal of coordination and balance, such as walking up or down stairs or moving safely between obstacles. People too weak to bear their own weight can still practice repetitive movements during while being partially supported by a harness or hand rails. A recent trend in physical therapy emphasizes the effectiveness of engaging in goal-directed activities, such as playing golf, to promote coordination.

State-of-the-Art Physical Therapy Facility

Carrus Rehabilitation Hospital is a physician-owned facility located in Sherman, Texas. This state-of-the-art in-patient rehabilitation hospital meets the complex healthcare needs of patients who require acute rehabilitative care. The hospital’s resources include a long-term acute care hospital for critically ill patients with complex healthcare needs, a full range of physical and occupational therapy equipment and therapists, a special procedures area that provides CT scans, sleep studies and IV infusions, as well as four beautifully decorated courtyards for our patients’ enjoyment. Licensed by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Carrus Rehabilitation Hospital is an approved provider for Medicare.

Carrus Specialty Hospital serves Sherman, Durant, Denison, Gainesville, Denton, McKinney, Plano, Bonham, Lewisville, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Dallas, Oklahoma City and beyond.