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What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab?

What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab?

Only location of Svc: Inpatient physical therapy is performed on patients admitted to the hospital, whereas outpatient therapy is performed on patients that are not admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more


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What is the difference between outpatient and inpatient physical therapy rehab settings?

What is the difference between outpatient and inpatient physical therapy rehab settings?

Location of service: Inpatient physcial therapy is done when the patient is kept overnight in a hospital or rehabilitation facility and typically with other therapies will add up to 3 hours of therapy a day. Outpatient physcial therapy is when the patient is at home and travels to the facility for therapy, usually about 30-60 minutes of treamtment. ...Read more

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What are risks of physical therapy?

What are risks of physical therapy?

Beware: 1) getting pushed and progressed too aggressively 2) getting passive modalities (hooked up to machines) and abandoned while the therapist pays attention to other clients. ...Read more

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What should I expect from physical therapy?

What should I expect from physical therapy?

Depends!: It depends on what your doctor ordered. I generally prescribe an exercise program to stretch and strengthen the back (the therapist instructs you in this), plus general fitness (aerobic exercise). The therapist may use other techniques, but in the end you should be able to do the exercise program on your own. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are all the types of physical therapy?

I was wondering what are all the types of physical therapy?

Too many to: Answer here. There are many different types, schools and thoughts when it comes to physical therapy. In a broader sense, in a rehab setting, you will see a physical therapist, occupational therapist and sometimes a speech therapist (who do much more than speech). There are also recreational, vocational and psychotherapists. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Physical therapy for groin syndrome?

Physical therapy for groin syndrome?

Deoends: Technically, there is not one syndrome called "groin syndrome." groin pain can result from adductor tendonitis, a sports hernia, an inguinal hernia, hip joint problems, osteitis pubis, pubic bone stress fractures & pelvic nerve problems...Just to name a few. Physical therapy can be helpful for tendonitis, some hip joint issues & sports hernias, but it's always best to get a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What physical therapy to help scoliosis?

What physical therapy to help scoliosis?

PT for scoliosis: Therapy is all about improving core muscles to reduce or slow down the scoliosis. ...Read more

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How should I do physical therapy on my knees?

Get instruction: You need to make an appointment with a physical therapist, who can instruct you what exercises and stretches will be helpful. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy make bulging disc worse?

Rarely : Typically a person with a bulging disc isn't going to cause "more damage" or make their problem worse by being active or participating in pt. That being said, certain activities and exercises should be avoided or else pain can increase. A spine specialist can tell you what activities to avoid and what exercises are beneficial, and this depends in part on the specific disc problem you have. ...Read more

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How long after sprain to start physical therapy?

How long after sprain to start physical therapy?

3-4 weeks : It takes ligaments usually 3-4 weeks to go through their first phase of healing. Once the first layers of scar tissue is laid down across the sprain site, physical therapy can help reduce excess scarring and help regain loss strength. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for a finger?

Different ones: There are different exercises depending on what finger and what joint was involved. Using a tennis ball to squeeze is a good basic exercise. ...Read more

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What are the harms of it to skip physical therapy?

Exercising at home?: Not so bad. Physical therapy is not forever, and i tell my patients all the time the goal is to get them out of pt. So when you go to pt, make sure you learn a home exercise program of stretching and strengthening for the affected body part. And even if you go to pt 3 times a week, you shouldn't be resting the other 4 days. K? ...Read more

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What are the stages of physical therapy for an acl?

Breakdown: First we worry about getting your motion back. Next we concentrate on building your base strength including your core. Next we start working on functional strength. The next stage is functionality and proprioception and finally endurance and sports specific activities. ...Read more

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Need physical therapy tips for post stroke patient?

Need physical therapy tips for post stroke patient?

Surely: Use of physical therapy, and occupational therapy highly beneficial for post-stroke rehabilitation, and should be continued as outpt, at least twice weekly for about 3-4 months ideally. Orthotic devices to enhance function may be needed, so enquire about these. Botox may help limb spasticity. Pool assisted exercise might be an approach if patient very weakened. ...Read more

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Will physical therapy help for piriformis syndrome?

Yes: It will help strengthen and increase range of motion in the area. Also can provide stretching and ultrasound to help with the inflammation. ...Read more

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Pediatric physical therapy, what does this involve?

Pediatric physical therapy, what does this involve?

Helps with muscle.: Hi Pediatric Physical therapist specialize in dealing with strengthening muscles if there is trauma, teaching kids with cerebral palsy or if there us any weakness in muscles in reaching maximum potential to function independently. They teach different exercise to stretch and strengthen muscle. They assist family and train them so that parents can do the exercise at home and support the kids. B ...Read more

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Can physical therapy improve symptoms of lymphedema?

Can physical therapy improve symptoms of lymphedema?

Yes: Physical therapy is very helpful for lymphedema, especially if the therapist is trained in lymphatic drainage. Physical therapists may do gentle lymphatic massage, wrap or tape the swollen arm, break-up scar tissue and lymphatic cords, and teach you techniques for home care of lymphedema. They may also measure you for a compression sleeve and/or glove. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Can physical therapy help relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Multiple ways: Pt can apply "modalities" of heat cold ultrasound electrical stimulation. They can do trigger point massage deep muscle massage as well as loosten you up with stretching and start you on a general aerobic exercise program. ...Read more

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Do you need physical therapy after a cortisone shot?

Do you need physical therapy after a cortisone shot?

Depends: Often your physician will see you back after the injection to evaluate your pain level before deciding if it's the right time to start therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more