Physical therapy (PT) has become an increasingly popular intervention for individuals with disabilities impacting motor function. For children, physical limitations can result from injuries and accidents, as well as from developmental delays and other conditions. As PT has become a more widely used treatment in recent years, there have been a number of advances in the delivery of PT interventions. Here are some of the ways PT has become better than ever before in improving patient outcomes.
Making it fun. From videogames to sensory gyms, physical therapists are now able to engage their patients in exciting and enjoyable ways. By making PT fun and stimulating, patients are more motivated to complete their prescribed routines. This is especially important for getting children excited about their therapy.
Getting app savvy. Smartphone apps make it easy for patients to keep track of their protocols and log their progress. In addition, many PT apps offer video glossaries to help patients remember how a particular exercise should be done.
Harnessing new inventions. The field of PT has benefited greatly from innovative equipment and technologies. Some recent inventions that are benefiting PT patient care are the Nintendo Wii Fit, which can be used for balance and strengthening exercises, as well as occupational and neurological rehabilitation, and the Ekso Suit, made of aluminum and titanium, that can train patients with partial paralysis to increase mobility.
These and other advances in physical therapy are allowing patients to heal at rates and levels never before seen. Physical therapy practitioners and patients should stay abreast of new inventions that can benefit their care.