Therapeutic Exercises

The Patient is instructed in specific exercises to address weakness or loss of joint mobility due to disease or injury. This ranges from Passive Range of Motion performed by the therapist, Active Assistive Range of motion, done by the patient and therapist together, Active Range of Motion performed by the patient without assistance , and lastly Resistive Exercise performed by the patient with some type of resistance via manual resistance, Therabands, free weights, or other exercise machine/apparatus. Therapeutic exercise does not typically mimic an everyday task. The Physical Therapist is trained to know when to progress from one type of exercise to another depending on the current status of the patient. The goal is to train the full range of motion and the full strength of a specific movement or combination of movements so the patient can progress to therapeutic activities and return to daily life without pain and/or restrictions.