Important Definitions for Rehabilitation Patients and Professionals to Know

When discussing physical and emotional well-being, rehabilitation refers to a process that  restores to the patient  a previous level of health. There may be a process to restore at least some function to a damaged limb or by a  process of education  equip the individual to learn how to compensate for damage that is beyond repair. Basically, rehabilitation’s  goal is to assist  individuals to achieve the highest quality of life and health that is possible depending on their circumstances. Physical therapy normally consists of a mixture of movements and exercises to improve patient movement and functional ability as well as to offer pain relief caused by chronic illness, injury or disease. The following list will also give some ideas to those wishing to enter the field of therapy as a profession.
Physical therapy rehabilitation is  this restoring process. It is used usually after major surgery, an accident, or disease that keeps the individual from full mobility or function. In this form of rehab the patient is treated by  trained personnel who assist him to retrieve as much of his former physical strength as possible. Sometimes the physical therapy is used to strengthen healed limbs and now need exercise and in some cases it is used to teach patients how to compensate for a lost movement or limb using others that remain.
Physical Therapy Clinics may perform pain management, massage therapy, occupational therapy and even sports and speech therapy. For potential therapists it is advised that one volunteers in such a clinic first to see what results can be achieved after graduation.
Physical Therapy Facilities: A person who is considering a career in physical therapy is advised to visit a rehab facility to determine if this work is suited for them.
 Four points should be considered before choosing a physical therapy graduate school: graduate programs, accreditation, admissions requirements,  and the faculty. Usually a PT graduate school is part of a university faculty of medicine.
Stroke Rehabilitation Physical Therapy: Here the exercises are  used to assess how severe  the brain damage is.  The patient will have an opportunity to relearn various activities such as eating, walking, bathing, speaking or dressing.
Here also the future therapist  will learn about new developments in science and technology in relation to a physical therapy career. This may include, for example, learning how to deal with trauma victims or children born with physical impairments. They can also observe how new state of the art devices are used.
Physical rehabilitation centers have professional counselors to monitor patients’ mental health and encourage them to  overcome difficult circumstances.  Physical rehabilitation centers cater to patients with all types of debilitating conditions, from paralysis to neurological problems to broken body parts. Some people come here to receive outpatient services.
Physical therapy  supplies can include devices that perform electrical stimulation, or ultrasound on patients. A physical therapy assistant may be answering phones, ordering supplies, and filling out insurance paperwork.
Physical Therapy Courses: A potential therapist should expect classes on biology, functional anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy methods, and rehabilitation psychology.
A well equipped physical therapy facility will include the most efficient physical therapy products available. These would include the TUTOR  system. The TUTORs include the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3 DTUTOR which are used to provide intensive exercises to patients that had a stroke, brain/spinal cord injury, an upper or lower limb surgery or that have had debilitating diseases. The TUTORs are ergonomically designed gloves or braces that have sensors connected o dedicated software. The patient, on his own initiative, will move his affected limb by playing exclusive computerized games. Physical therapists then record and evaluate these movements and design an exclusive exercise program for that patient.
The TUTORs are in current use in leading U.S. and European rehabilitation hospitals and clinics. They are fully certified by the FDA and CE. They are available for children and adults and can be used in the patient’s home through telerehabilitation.
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