Physical therapy is the treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities, intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development. Physical therapists help persons regain their mobility, flexibility and strength after injury or from extended convalescence. That is the technical definition.
Physical therapists are sometimes maligned but that is probably because oftentimes their care causes pain that are fully aware of because you are fully awake on back on the road to recovery. Physical therapists are arguably the most important persons in the entire health care team because one might ask – what is the use of having X operation if I can not return to a productive life. That is what physical therapists do – they get you back to a productive life.
It is incumbent upon physical therapists to perform their duty in a manner that is accepted by other physical therapists. It is not acceptable for physical therapists to explore new modalities without research and training in the modality to prove its effectiveness. When one method fails it is sometimes the responsibility of the therapist to attempt another modality and not simply abandon the patient.
However, first and foremost it is important that the therapist perform their duty in a safe manner.
If you have any questions or would like more information about physical therapy negligence, contact George Tait Law online or call us at 800.953.4811.