Physical Therapy

At the Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania, we strive to improve the quality of life for our patients. Physical therapy strengthens muscles and keeps joints working properly so that you can continue doing the activities you enjoy.

Our physical therapist normally sees patients once a year during their regular clinic visit, but can also see patients more often if they require additional care. During your visit the therapist will evaluate your physical condition to identify limitations. Your interests and goals are considered when developing a program to address your particular needs.

In order to create the most appropriate and customized therapy plan for each patient, our therapist assesses muscles by testing for strength, range of motion, swelling, posture, walking and balance. The therapist then may establish a personalized program which may contain the following components:

  1. Exercises to help you maintain or rehabilitate muscles and joints for maximum strength, balance and flexibility
  2. Evaluation of risks versus benefits of specific sports and activities
  3. Education on the use of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to help treat acute joint and soft tissue bleeds. Where indicated, we recommend braces, supports and assistive devices.
  4. Recommendations on ways to control your pain without medication

With the right plan in place, many patients are able to lead healthy and productive lives.