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Physical therapists can help those struggling with weight loss by informing and demonstrating how to be physically active and fit in ways that are safe and manageable. Physical therapists are movement experts, so they can create exercise plans to burn calories and lose fat, protect your joints, and preserve muscle tissue. Your physical therapist will work with you to create a treatment program to address your needs, especially exercises you can do at home.
Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation to understand your goals, history, pain points, and health. They will likely ask you detailed questions such as if you experience joint pain, if you have difficulty with daily activities, do you suffer from other medical conditions or problems, and what your goals are, among others. You’ll be asked to perform a few basic movement, balance, and strength tests to help assess your overall physical ability.
Physical therapists work with people of all ages and abilities, including children for obesity management and prevention.
A physical therapy medical weight loss program is carefully monitored. It’s important to note pre-surgical exercise programs are different from personal training. This is a medically supervised exercise program. It includes monitoring your vital signs, exertion, musculoskeletal pain or any other symptoms that only a licensed medical professional can address.