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About physical therapy
Physical therapy is a therapeutic intervention that focuses on mobility, safety, and physical independence. It can involve exercise and strengthening, balance activity, endurance, quality of walking, and patient/family education. Physical therapists are available to teach you how to be safe in your environment. They can help you gain as much independence as possible with or without the use of a cane, walker, or crutches.

What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
Physical therapists work to increase safety, independence, and balance. They can help you learn to use assistive devices, such as crutches, a cane, or a walker. Occupational therapists work closely with physical therapists to increase mobility, but focus on activities of daily living, upper body strengthening, and coordination.

Will therapy be painful?
Depending on your condition, therapy may increase your pain complaints. Talk to your nurse if you need pain medicine to tolerate therapy.

How long do I have to follow precautions after a sternal or hip fracture?
You must follow precautions for at least 8 to 12 weeks. Your doctor may be able to give you a more specific time frame.

How do I obtain an assistive device?
A social worker will speak with you and will arrange for you to receive a new cane, walker, or crutches before your discharge.

CPM machine
The continuous passive movement (CPM) machine is usually used after total knee surgeries. It holds and slowly bends the knee. It is usually used while the patient lies in bed. The amount the knee is bent depends on the doctor’s orders and the patient’s tolerance.

Orthososis/back brace
Your surgeon may recommend orthotic support for your spine. An orthotist or physical therapist will fit you for the brace and teach you how to wear it.

Adaptive Equipment
Your therapist may provide you with specialized tools to increase your ability to do things on your own.

Splinting
In order to prevent injury and joint stiffness after a stroke or injury, you may require a positioning device for your hand or arm. Your therapist will fit you with splinting.

Low Vision Therapy
If you have eyesight deficits, your therapist can provide magnification devices and exercises to improve your vision.

Edema Therapy
Prolonged bed rest or injuries can cause swelling of the arms. Your therapist can make recommendations to reduce and prevent further swelling. These can include positioning, upper body exercises, and specialized wrapping techniques.


rehabilitation services

Serving you with several locations:

Serving you with several locations

Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center
2206 E. 32nd St.
Joplin, MO
417.347.3089

Freeman Rehabilitation Services - Neosho
204 N. Lincoln St.
Neosho, MO
417.455.0907

Freeman NeuroSpine 
1905 W. 32nd St, 4th floor
Joplin, MO
417.347.7252

  Freeman Physical Therapy
510 Park St.
Anderson, MO
417.845.0809

OccuMed
Joplin, for work-injury therapy
3201 McClelland Blvd.
Joplin, MO
417.347.3070

OccuMed
Carthage, for work-injury therapy
1500 S. Case St.
Carthage, MO
417.359.0625