The purpose of physical therapy is to reduce pain and allow you to
continue daily activities. Physical therapy can reduce pain in the soft tissues
(such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve function, and build
muscle strength. A physical therapist provides these treatments and will
also provide education, instruction, and support for recovery.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD – Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerNancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH – Internal Medicine, Rheumatology