Who needs physical therapy?

Who needs physical therapy?

Regardless of your age, if you have a problem with normal mobility, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist to help you return to optimal function. A list of some of the most common reasons to seek physical therapy includes:

  • Neck pain.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Arthritis in one or multiple joints.
  • Fractures and other orthopedic conditions.
  • Bowel or bladder incontinence.
  • Problems with balance or mobility.
  • Chronic fatigue and weakness.
  • Pre- and post-surgical conditioning and strengthening
  • Cancer recovery.
  • Fitness and wellness education including weight loss and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Respiratory problems / poor cardiovascular endurance
  • Cardiac rehab.
  • Knee, ankle and foot problems.
  • Shoulder, arm, hand and wrist problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder tendonitis.
  • Pre- and post-partum programs.
  • Neuron-rehabilitation, such as post-stroke and spinal cord or head injury.
  • Wound care such as diabetic wounds and non-healing traumatic or post-surgical wounds.
  • Common sprains and muscle strains.
  • Work-related injuries such as repetitive motion injuries, slip, and fall accidents and other trauma.
  • Sports-related injuries.


Basic Physical Therapy Equipment List.

Use the following list as a starting point and mental checklist to help you analyze your particular needs as you venture into your new practice.

Basic P.T. Equipment.

  • Treatment tables: wooden plinths
  • Treatment tables: high-low adjustable
  • Mat table
  • Treatment room cabinets, chairs
  • Large mirror for visual feedback
  • Adjustable height exercise steps
  • Linens:gowns,towels,sheets,pillows ,pillowcases,blanket,


  • Step stools
  • Therapist stools on wheels
  • Variety of bolsters, wedges, supports q Mobilization belts and devices
  • Gait belt
  • Various assistive devices
  • Taping supplies
  • Orthotics / Splinting materials

Office Equipments.

  • Desk
  • Chairs
  • Waiting room furniture
  • Door mats
  • Various cleaning supplies
  • Trash cans / Bags
  • Computer,software,hardware
  • EMR, Billing, & Accounting software q Cash box
  • Filing cabinet
  • Patient chart materials
  • Multi-function copier/fax/scanner
  • Washer / Dryer / Laundry basket
  • Refrigerator / Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Various kitchen / break room supplies q Business stationery
  • Referral pads
  • Business cards
  • Brochures,etc.
  • Consult your office manager for ideas.
  • Devices for Tests and Measures


First-Aid & Medical Supplies

  • Band aids: assorted sizes m Rubbing alcohol
  • Tongue depressors
  • Cotton swabs
  • Gauze
  • Athletic tape
  • Ace wrap
  • E.D.


Devices for Tests and Measures

  • Goniometers
  • Tape measures
  • Grip dynamometer
  • Manual muscle testing dynamometer q Reflex hammer
  • Neurological testing instruments
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Thermometer
  • Video analysis hardware & software q FCE testing equipment or system
  • Hydrocollator with hot packs
  • Small freezer for cold modalities
  • Ice packs
  • Ice massage cups
  • Vaso pneumatic compression device q Massage cream

In-House Educational Materials

  • Skeleton
  • Anatomical posters
  • Anatomical models
  • Tablet / Computer for patient education q Health education posters
  • Multiple mode electrical stimulator q Electrodes
  • Traction unit, table and accessories q Iontophoresis unit
  • Paraffin bath


Physiotherapy news and research

  • Antidepressants provide no important benefits for managing low back pain

A new systematic review led by UNSW Sydney has found that treating low back pain with antidepressant medicines provides no important benefits and has the potential to cause harm.

  • Digital health solution helps reduce key symptoms of chronic pain

For the first time, an app has been shown to reduce key symptoms of chronic pain. A UHN-led study evaluated the impact of Manage My Pain (MMP), a digital health solution developed by ManagingLife, on patients seen at the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team, and the Toronto Western and Toronto General Hospitals

  • Study: The brain has a small window of opportunity to repair itself after stroke

An international study has shown, for the first time, that the capacity of the human brain to recover and rewire itself peaks around two weeks after a stroke and diminishes over time

  • Intensity of physical training does not seem to matter during cancer treatment

People receiving treatment for cancer are known to feel better with physical training. But does it make any difference how vigorously they exercise?

  • Developing a new approach to treat walking problems in people with Parkinson’s disease

A revolutionary approach to targeting and treating walking problems in people with Parkinson’s disease is being developed at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

  • Review finds no consensus between researchers about why exercise works for chronic low back pain

A new UNSW evidence review has found there is still no consensus between researchers about why exercise works for low back pain patients – despite decades of studies on the topic.

  • Knee replacement surgery using tourniquet increases the risk of serious complications

The risk of developing serious complications following a knee replacement could be up to 73% higher when a tourniquet is used, compared to surgery without a tourniquet.

  • Study examines the diagnosis of exercise‐induced respiratory symptoms in children

Exercise-induced respiratory symptoms are common in childhood, and it can be difficult to diagnose their cause

  • Study explores low back pain and its impact on athletes’ experienceTrinity College Dublin researchers have carried out the first multi-centred, international, qualitative study exploring the athlete experience (in their own words) of sporting low back pain (LBP

Conclusion Physiotherapy can increase quality of life by focusing on important aspects of health and well-being – improving movement, reducing pain and stiffness, speeding up the healing process after an injury or illness, and preventing further injury.

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