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Exercise Improves Function, Quality of Life in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Simple movements required for daily living and physical balance can be challenging for people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study suggests a physical therapist-led exercise program may help improve patients’ balance, ability to move and quality of life. In some cases, regular exercise can lessen falls, which is a big problem for people suffering […]

Physical Therapists Help People Achieve Fitness throughout Their Lives

World Physical Therapy Day is around the corner, on September 8, 2013. And the message that physical therapists are sending to people to create awareness about what they do is: Physical therapists can help people become fit and active contributors to society, whatever their physical limitations or stage of life.

Physical therapists treat millions […]

Exercise to Prevent, Relieve Osteoarthritis

Exercising arthritic joints might sound counterintuitive, but physical therapists have long known the benefits of exercise for people with osteoarthritis. Now, two major medical associations representing physicians who treat people with osteoarthritis are helping to send the message that exercise is important. On May 23, 2013, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American […]

Physical Therapists Play Important Roles in Olympians’ Preparation and Injury Prevention

For U.S. athletes competing at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games, physical therapists play important roles in not only preparing them for their competitions, but also preventing injury.

Physical therapists are among the select group of health care professionals credentialed by the United States Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to treat athletes […]