Although Princeton Health Care Center is synonymous with skilled nursing services in the Princeton WV area, we also offer a full range of health services. Our approach to physical and mental health is comprehensive, and our physical therapy program is a great illustration of the ways in which mind and body intersect. Here’s what you need to know.
Physical Therapy Overview
It’s easy to confuse physical therapy with occupational therapy. The two complement each other very well, but they’re also very different. Physical therapy is often the first step, because it’s targeted at building strength and flexibility the body may have lost due to age, illness, or certain disorders. Once a patient’s strength is rebuilt, occupational therapy helps to rebuild fine motor skills and return the patient to independent living.
The Benefits of Physical Therapy
The mechanics of physical therapy are only one part of the equation and may not even be the most important part. Let’s consider how the patient benefits.
Lower Incidence of Re-injury
Some injuries are caused or aggravated by mobility issues. Restoring mobility and flexibility can give a patient better balance and equilibrium — cutting down on fall risk — and can keep them from favoring one side of the body, or one limb over another.
Quality of Life
Chronic inactivity leads in turn to chronic illness. Obesity, heart problems, diabetes, and other physical ailments often accompany a sedentary lifestyle. And if you’re already suffering from a chronic condition, a return to exercise after physical therapy can help you manage its symptoms. As a bonus, it’s a conservative approach that helps many individuals avoid surgery and prescription painkiller dependence.
The stress caused by pain creates a cycle of anxiety, depression, and isolation. In extreme cases, it can also lead to degradation of mental sharpness. Your body will not be the only beneficiary of physical therapy; you’ll find a host of mental and emotional benefits as well.
Our Approach to Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be administered on its own, but it also shines in conjunction with other services we offer. It’s an ideal gateway to occupational therapy. It may also be a key component of your pain management program. Among the core and complementary techniques, we use:
- Exercise equipment
- Mobilization therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Pain management
Who We Help
Physical therapy at Princeton Health Care Center is only one facet of a multi-disciplinary approach to well-being. We complement our PT services with occupational and speech therapy, social services, and so much more. While it can be challenging to face the things aging and illness can do to our bodies, these are not challenges you need to face alone; our staff will be beside you every step of the way.
Physical Therapy at Princeton Health Care Center
One of the realities of age is that we’re bound to lose a step. It’s not realistic to expect the same level of function we had in our youth, but we still have the chance to make the most of each day in the body and mind we’ve got. If you live in the Mercer County West Virginia area, Princeton Health Care Center can help you enjoy your golden years — fit, healthy, and happy.