A physical therapist is a specialist trained using exercise and physical activities to condition muscles and improve activity levels. Physical therapy is helpful for people dealing with physically debilitating illnesses (like strokes).
Physical therapists provide a comprehensive evaluation of patients' neuro-muscular skeletal control, safety awareness and general functional mobility. They develop a treatment plan to help patients maximize their independence at home and in the community. Therapists teach patients skills to get in and out of beds, chairs, and cars, to walk on level surfaces and stairs, and mobilize wheelchairs. Upon discharge, therapists will assist with arranging for adaptive equipment and services as required.