Physical Therapy focuses on improving strength, balance, endurance and coordination with the goal of improving how an individual with a brain injury functions. Physical Therapy encourages a patient to use their muscles to increase range of motion and flexibility.
A traumatic brain or spinal cord 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.
Physical Therapists treat brain disorders by using physical means rather than drugs to improve how an individual functions.
A Physical Therapist must react quickly and effectively to rehabilitating brain or spinal cord 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