Physiotherapy involves a wide range of services involving all parts of the human body. From helping patients recover from injuries and surgeries to helping athletes improve strength and conditioning, physical therapists are actively involved in helping people achieve full range of motion and rapid recovery.
However, there are many conditions that need special services to reduce pain and improve range of motion, including complex lymphedema treatment, balance, and vestibular rehabilitation, and custom orthotics.
When seeking treatment for a rare or special condition, make sure the physical therapist you are seeing has the experience and the clinic to effectively provide specialized physical therapy assistance.
People over the age of 40 are estimated to experience dizziness and loss of balance. This condition can be brief but frequent and can be related to vertigo and other balance disorders. Balance problems are particularly dangerous for the elderly and are the cause of many serious injuries and deaths.
A physical therapist trained in balance and vestibular rehabilitation will work with patients using a variety of techniques including positional maneuvers, oculomotor exercises, and balance retraining to help patients manage symptoms of dizziness and balance problems.
In addition to older people, people who have suffered a stroke, head injury, or concussion are prone to dizziness, and vestibular rehabilitation can help reduce the sense of disorientation caused by dizziness.
The feet can present a wide range of debilitating and painful conditions including misalignment, loss of arch height, plantar fasciitis, and flat feet. Some physical therapists will offer specialized services that include custom braces as part of treatment.