Physical Therapy

Also known as: PT.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a form of therapy that helps people rehabilitate through exercises, stretching and orthopedics in order to regain the mobility and function of their bodies. Physical therapy is often needed after a severe injury or a debilitating illness.


What happens during the treatment?

A licensed physical therapist will meet with the individual and determine the treatment that is needed in order for them to accomplish their goals. The specific nature of physical therapy can vary widely. Some patients will require a series of exercises in order to improve mobility or enhance function. Others may require orthopedics or assistive devices in order to regain their abilities.


Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this treatment.


What are the risk factors?

There is a risk of injury related to some of the exercises or stretches performed in physical therapy. Following the therapist’s instructions carefully is important.


Reviewed by: Cheryl Gimenez

This page was last updated on: 11/19/2018 7:46:52 AM

Weekly Support Programs

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Knowing how to swim saves lives. Swimming and water safety lessons are offered by a trained instructor for babies as young as 6 months to adolescents under 21 years old. Learn more.

Camp DMC

Camp DMC is a summer program for children with special needs run by Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center. Please note: We will not offer Camp DMC during summer of 2019. Learn more.

Yoga for Kids

Yoga is a great way to get children active in a non-competitive environment. This one-day-a-week class is available for patients currently receiving therapy at one of our Nicklaus Children’s outpatient center locations, their siblings and children residing in our community. Learn more.