Newport Beach Physical Therapy Center FAQ

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy combines passive modalities and active therapy (therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activity, and neuromuscular re-education, which includes balance and postural exercises) to aid the person in his or her rehabilitation. Passive modalities include, but are not limited to, heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, soft tissue mobilization, and joint mobilization. These treatments supplement active therapy to rehabilitate the body and prevent re-injury.

What Is the Main Purpose of Physical Therapy?

The main purpose of physical therapy is to assist the patient in returning to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. This includes striving to reduce pain, improve flexibility and function, increase range of motion, build strength, and correct posture. Physical therapy is often prescribed for patients following surgery to treat soft tissue trauma, nerve inflammation/injury, muscle spasms, fractures, arthritis, and many other problems. Patient education is an important component of physical therapy, as they are taught how their body works, proper body mechanics, common disorders and their causes, benefits of good posture, and the importance of physical fitness and its relationship to injury and disease prevention.