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Omaha & Papillion Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy addresses movement dysfunctions and requires the Physical Therapist (PT) to examine a patient, develop a working diagnosis, and create a specific treatment plan employing therapeutic techniques that among other things restore function, reduce pain, educate, improve mobility, and promote safety.

Physical Therapy may address rheumatologic disorders such as fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal dysfunction such as a weak core, orthopedic problems such as patellofemoral syndrome, neurologic disorders such as Parkinsons Disease, vestibular problems such as BPPV / Menieres Disease, and even symptoms related to post-concussion.

Why Choose Essentials Physical Therapy?

Our physical therapists are unique because they will evaluate your problem and develop a plan of care for you considering all aspects of your life – physical, mental, social and emotional. We deeply believe in a comprehensive approach to health, wellness, and healing and will work to inform you about your condition and empower and inspire you to achieve improved health and function. Our primary goal and mission is to help you do what you love to do.

What is a PTA?

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) may also work with the PT to assist in the care of a patient. Their role is in treating the patient and progressing the treatment plan created by the PT. All PTs receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program, most of which are now doctorate programs, and take a national license examination that allows them to practice. State licensures are also necessary although state requirements vary.

The History of Physical Therapy Practice

Physical Therapy (also known as Physiotherapy) developed during World War I when wounded soldiers required assistance to restore function. Originally called Reconstruction Aids, these women became the first physical therapists. They became organized in the early 1920s and by the 1940's became what we know today as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).