Physical Therapy - Functional Activities

This is the use of activities such as lifting, pulling and bending to improve daily functioning.

This is the use of activities such as lifting, pulling and bending to improve daily functioning.

This is the use of specific everyday activities such as lifting, pulling and bending to improve your daily functioning. These types of activities, which a person does regularly to manage her or his life, are known as activities of daily living or ADLS

  • These are often recommended to increase your ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL).
  • Commonly treated areas or regions of the body include the back, hips, knees, wrists and shoulders.
  • A physical therapist can prescribe these exercises and teach you the proper way to do them. This type of therapy is hands-on.

In addition to giving treatment, a physical therapist will usually:

  • Ask about your medical history, current symptoms and your level of function
  • Test and measure your strength, flexibility and mobility
  • Discuss how you use your body during your daily activities

If you see a physical therapist, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them and if you have had them before.

  • Before your appointment, you should make a list of your questions/concerns/symptoms; your medications (including over-the-counter); and what makes your symptoms better or worse.
  • During your appointment, ask what might be causing the pain, when you may start to see improvement, if you should exercise or modify your activity, what the follow-up plans are and what symptoms you should report before your next appointment.
  • After your appointment, you should understand your treatment plan, including home exercises recommended by the physical therapist.


Also known as:

Therapeutic Activities
Physical Therapy - Functional Activities
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