Physical Therapy Specialist

Valencia Medical Center -  - General Practitioner

Valencia Medical Center

General Practitioners & Family Medicine located in Olympia Heights, Miami, FL

Physical therapy improves mobility, strength, and overall function of targeted organs and muscles. At Valencia Medical Center in Olympia Heights, Miami, Florida, Judith Valencia, MD, and Inti Fernandez, MD, include physical therapy in comprehensive treatment plans for arthritis, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, and many other conditions. To find out how physical therapy can benefit you, book an appointment by phone or online at Valencia Medical Center today.

Physical Therapy Q&A

 What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a health care specialty that focuses on rehabilitating injuries and illnesses to restore function, strength, and mobility. 

By undergoing physical therapy within a comprehensive treatment plan, you can recover faster and more effectively from musculoskeletal damage or brain and spinal cord injuries. Physical therapy can also limit degenerative damage from conditions like arthritis.

The team at Valencia Medical Center works with you to build a personalized physical therapy care plan and set goals. You train with a physical therapist at appointments and learn exercises to use at home to advance your progress. 

Physical therapy can also involve other devices and techniques, including electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ice, and heat. Alongside these methods, you might still need to take medications or get other treatments for your condition. 

Which conditions does physical therapy treat?

Physical therapy treats countless conditions and injuries. A few examples of common conditions that benefit from physical therapy are:

  • Bone fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Vestibular dysfunction (balance disorders)
  • Tendon injuries
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Every physical therapy treatment plan starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your strength, mobility, coordination, flexibility, and various other relevant functions. That gives you a baseline with which you can compare your progress after weeks, months, or even years of physical therapy. 

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

There are many advantages to adding physical therapy to your treatment plan if your providers at Valencia Medical Center believe you can benefit from it. 

The specific benefits you’ll get from your plan depend on the condition you’re treating and its severity, but a few common examples are:

  • Reducing or eliminating the need for surgery
  • Managing pain without opioid medications
  • Improving mobility
  • Preventing additional injuries from falls
  • Restoring function of a damaged body part
  • Saving time and money on future treatments

The team at Valencia Medical Center values physical therapy because it helps make other treatments more effective and reduces your overall healing and recovery time. 

If you engage in physical therapy because of a sports or work injury, the treatment process can get you back on the job or back to enjoying your sport.

Physical therapy makes a major positive difference in healing and recovery time. To find out if you can benefit from it, call Valencia Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.