Physical Therapy Specialist

Liberty Medical Services

Philip R. Baldeo, MD

Family Practice located in Queens, South Richmond Hill, NY

Physical therapy forms an invaluable part of successful treatment plans for people with a wide variety of injuries and medical conditions. Philip Baldeo, MD, of Liberty Medical Services in South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, is an experienced family physician who provides specialist physical therapy services for patients as part of their personalized care plan. Call Liberty Medical Services today to find out more about the benefits of physical therapy, or book an appointment online.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is a form of treatment that aims to restore function and reduce pain when you are ill or injured or have chronic health problems.

Physical therapies help to:

  • Increase strength in muscles and connective tissues
  • Improve range of movement
  • Increase flexibility
  • Prevent disability
  • Delay or dispense with the need for surgery
  • Help improve balance
  • Increase bladder or bowel control
  • Get you used to using artificial limbs or assistive devices

Physical therapy is a key part of your treatment plan if you have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, or chronic pain. It’s also invaluable in rehabilitating patients after accidents and surgeries, or events such as having a stroke or giving birth.

What forms of physical therapy are available?

There are many forms of physical therapy available, both hands-on treatments and advanced technologies that deliver healing benefits. At Liberty Medical Services, Dr. Baldeo provides a range of high-quality physical therapy services including:

  • Cold pack
  • Ultrasound
  • Manual massage therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Traction
  • Paraffin bath
  • Neuromuscular reprogramming
  • Work hardening program
  • Strapping

Liberty Medical Services also provides expert chiropractic treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and disease management.

How does physical therapy fit into my care plan?

Physical therapy is an allied health service, which means it most often forms part of a comprehensive program of treatment. The exact nature of the physical therapy Dr. Baldeo at Liberty Medical Services recommends depends on the reason you need the therapy so, at your consultation, he goes through the options with you and explains how physical therapy can help your condition.

You may feel reluctant to attempt physical therapy or exercise because of the way you feel, especially if you’re in pain, but it’s well worth undergoing whatever therapy Dr. Baldeo recommends. Some, like the paraffin bath, feel very soothing, while others may make you feel tired and a little sore, but building up the strength and flexibility of your muscles and joints is essential for positive long-term outcomes.

Physical therapy plays a vital role in preventing pain from worsening and maintaining function in patients with degenerative conditions for as long as possible. For instance, if you have arthritis, without physical therapy your joints become more painful and stiff in a far shorter period of time. Physical therapy helps you stay mobile and keeps pain at bay.

To find out more about the benefits of physical therapy, call Liberty Medical Services today, or book an appointment online.