What is Therapeutic Exercise?
Therapeutic exercise includes a large range of physical activities that helps restore and build strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and stability. Therapeutic exercise, when prescribed by a skilled physical therapist can help return an injured person to a pain-free activity and back to the activities that they enjoy.
In order to prescribe a correct program, a detailed medical history and evaluation performed by a physical therapist is necessary. This allows the therapist to determine the patient’s physical condition and health status. Based on this, the correct treatment plan will be established. This program is monitored and adapted as the patient progresses and needs change. At times, assistance may needed to do a particular motion or exercise, as well as, the addition of manual therapy techniques.
The first goal of any therapeutic exercise plan is to reduce pain and inflammation. As progression occurs, the goal may shift to regaining range of motion, rebuilding muscle strength, and developing endurance.
Therapeutic exercise programs are also driven by the patient’s goals. Whether you are trying to go up and down stairs pain free, or a high level athlete wanting to get back on the field, the physical therapists at Catalyst Physical Therapy are there to help.
Therapeutic exercise programs may include:
- Strengthening exercises
- Endurance exercises
- Flexibility exercises
- Balance and coordination exercises
- Functional movement assessment