Physical therapy helps consumers (AKA clients, patients) improve in the areas of gross motor skills. Physical therapists (PTs) look at whether a person is functioning at age-appropriate level in physical skills such as mobility, coordination, and strength and then determine interventions to help address areas of concern. Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants (PTAs) then implement these interventions.
For example, a PT may use therapy ball activities to strengthen a person’s core muscles so that they then can roll or maintain their balance when sitting or riding a bike. PTs help determine and obtain needed assistive technology devices, such as a walker or stander, and teach consumers and caregivers how to use them.