If you recently suffered an injury or illness that left you physically compromised, your doctor may recommend regular physical therapy sessions in order to improve dexterity, reduce pain, and ultimately restore maximum function. Many patients prefer to receive physical therapy at home, an option which allows for optimal privacy, convenience, and exercises tailored to the home environment. During these sessions, a patient may expect the following activities:
Home Accessibility Evaluation
A patient who is physically compromised needs a safe living environment in order to feel confident while attempting to expand his or her capabilities. For this reason, one of the first things your physical therapist will do when visiting your home is assess its safety and provide suggestions for improvement. Commonly recommended changes include removing tripping hazards, such as throw rugs or low furniture, installing grab bars within the bathroom, and modifying furniture for ease of use.
In order to increase the strength and range of motion of the affected body parts, a physical therapist will help you perform a variety of exercises, which may range from supported walking to light weightlifting and balance drills. Depending on the cause of your injury, you may also undergo orthopedic manual physical therapy, in which your muscles and joints are manipulated to reduce pain, or neurodevelopmental treatment, which involves an analysis of your physical abilities and subsequent relearning of motor control.
Medical Device Assessment
If your physical therapist deems it necessary, your treatment plan may include medical devices, such as orthotics or prosthetics. You will be thoroughly educated on the proper use of these items and evaluated regularly to monitor your progress.
To schedule your first in-home physical therapy session, please call Independence Plus at (708) 366-4500. We also offer skilled private duty nursing services and respiratory home medical equipment set-up to make your rehabilitation as easy and comfortable as possible.