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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.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Please wear loose-fitting clothes that will easily reveal the affected part for examination.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive 30 minutes before your first appointment time. Doing so will allow time for all your admission paperwork to be completed.
Will I see the same therapist each visit?
You will consistently see the same team members responsible for your care.
Can I get the appointment time I need?
We make every effort to accommodate our patients’ schedules.
Will I have a home exercise program?
Almost every patient will need to complete a home exercise program.
How long will my appointments last?
The first visit will last approximately an hour. Follow-up visits will be coordinated with your therapist.
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. Freeman Health Essentials offers assistive devices. Call 417.347.7400 for more information.
Your therapist may provide you with specialized tools to increase your ability to do things on your own.
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.
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.
Freeman Rehabilitation Services
Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center
2206 E. 32nd St.
Freeman Rehabilitation Services - Neosho
204 N. Lincoln St.
Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit
932 E. 34th St.
Freeman Physical Therapy
510 Park St.
Joplin, for work-injury therapy
3201 McClelland Blvd.
Carthage, for work-injury therapy
1500 S. Case St.