Find a physical therapist
by zip code and expertise.
Physical Therapy specialties that may help you with your
program to get back in shape include: Aquatics, Cardiovascular, Geriatric, Neurologic,
Orthopedic, Sports, Women's Health. Some specialty areas have board certification.
Aquatics: Especially suited to you if you have joint mobility problems that can
benefit from the buoyancy and low impact of water exercise. Aquatic therapy is often an early
step in rehabilitation after an injury.
If you want to get back in shape but have a heart or
lung condition, you may want to consult a therapist specialized in this area with board
certification, if available in your area.
Geriatrics: (GCS) If you are an older adult who wants to get back in shape, but is
concerned about problems related to aging such as osteoporosis (weakening of the bones),
balance problems, arthritis or functional abilities, a physical therapist who specializes in
geriatrics would be aware of your specific needs.
Orthopedic: (OCS) If you have muscle or joint problems that make it difficult or painful
for you to exercise, an orthopedic physical therapist would be especially helpful to you if you
have back or neck pain, shoulder, knee or injuries, foot problems, osteoporosis, or arthritis
with which to contend. An Orthopedic physical therapist should provide manual therapy (meaning
Mobilization is a very exact
manual therapy technique directed at the surfaces of a joint, with a specified grade
of pressure which requires considerable palpation training and skill. If you have a
joint problem, look for a physical therapist with manual therapy skills who
specializes in orthopedics and treatment of the joints and/or spine.
Therapist: (SCS) A sports physical
therapist is especially geared to help you prepare for participation in sports and to prevent
injuries. For example, overuse injuries that you may see from repetitive movements in sports
such as running, swimming or throwing can be prevented by addressing your form and muscle
Find a physical
therapist listed with the A.P.T.A,
the American Physical Therapy Association. For muscle and joint problems choose
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