When thinking about physical therapy, most people think of a gym like setting as seen in the typical outpatient clinic. Treatment tables dot the room and exercise equipment is available to help people improve strength and range of motion.
But physical therapists work in other settings as well. Some physical therapists work in nursing homes, while others evaluate and treat people in their homes. And some physical therapists work in the hospital setting. These acute care physical therapists work with patients in the hospital to help ensure safe functional mobility and to help with appropriate discharge planning.
If you are in the hospital, you may have a physical therapist stop by your room to evaluate your bed mobility, transfer ability, and ambulation. He or she can offer you suggestions to ensure safe mobility, and you may be required to perform exercises to keep your muscles strong while you are in the hospital.
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