physical therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy focuses on improving strength, balance, endurance, and coordination with the goal of improving how an individual with a brain injury functions. PT encourages a patient to use their muscles to increase range of motion and flexibility.

A traumatic brain-injured patient is one of the most challenging that a physical therapist can encounter because there is a strong likelihood of having secondary impairments.

Physical therapists are trained to help strengthen a patient’s physical abilities and to relieve pain. Therapeutic exercises provide mobility, increase coordination, and helps a patient recover from impairments.

PT’s treat brain disorders by using physical means rather than drugs to improve how an individual functions.

A PT must react quickly and effectively to rehabilitating brain injury patients and work with a wide variety of neuromuscular, cognitive, visual, perceptual, and behavioral tools.

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Hot/cold packs
  • Ultrasound to relieve pain
  • Improve circulation and flexibility
  • Training for crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs
  • Exercises to expedite recovery