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Physical therapists use the latest evidence to design treatment plans for each person's individual needs, challenges, and goals to improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease. Physical therapists can develop a safe, individualized exercise plan for you, whether your goal is to manage your weight, improve your performance, or combat the effects of conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 68% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. A commitment to physical activity and exercise is one of the best ways to prevent or combat obesity and its consequences.

Exercise:

    • Strengthens muscles
    • Improves the cardiovascular system
    • Controls body weight
    • Benefits mental health
    • Provides socialization
    • Reduces the risk for developing chronic diseases, including some cancers

Physical therapists can help people of all abilities achieve their physical activity and exercise goals. Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.

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