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What types of Physical Therapy equipment is used in Michigan

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Michigan, otherwise known as the Wolverine State offers a vast selection of opportunities for those in the field of physical therapy. The state of Michigan is considered a major sports capital for sports fans with teams like, the Michigan Wolverines, the Michigan Tech Huskies, the Detroit Pistons, Tigers, Lions and Red Wings and popular resident athletes like, Gordie Howe and "Magic" Johnson, it's not hard to see why. Therefore, it's easy to see why physical therapy careers are abundant in the state that is sometimes referred to as, the Water Wonderland (due to its long shoreline).

Michiganians (or Michiganders, as jokingly referred to by president Abraham Lincoln) who are in the physical therapy field can practice in a wide range of settings such as, sports rehabilitation facilities, acute care hospitals, schools, home care, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, burn units, etc. Physical therapists work with individuals who are suffering from an illness or injury focusing on maximizing function and mobility with the goal of complete rehabilitation. The type of PT equipment used by a physical therapist typically, depends on the patient's mobility level and specific diagnosis.

Michigan PT: Basic Equipment

Physical therapists in Michigan often, use the same instruments used by physicians including, a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. Other equipment that is commonly used by physical therapists include timers, tape measures, reflex hammers, scales, skin fold calipers, dynamometer (to measure the patient's pinch and grip strength) and goniometer (to measure the patient's range of motion in the joints).

Michigan PT: Treatment Modalities

PTs in Michigan may use treatment modalities to help ease certain symptoms such as, pain and edema. Some modalities such as, electrotherapy, hot and cold therapy, whirlpools, ultrasound and traction units are used to promote muscle contractions, improve circulation of the blood and to promote healing and movement.

Michigan PT: Mobility Aids

Mobility aids are often, used to assist in the recovery of a physical therapy patient. Common mobility aids used by PTs in Michigan include canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers and braces that help to improve the patient's ability to walk. Other less common mobility aids include, mechanical lifts and sliding boards, which help to transfer patients who are immobile or partially immobile. Parallel bars and training stairs are used by PTs in Michigan to enable safe practice and exercise while working on mobility skills.

Michigan PT: Gym Equipment

An average physical therapy outpatient gym will have equipment for PT patients who are ready for more challenging programs. Such equipment for a PT gym might include, ellipticals, treadmills, steppers, stationary bikes, free weights and more. Resistance bands, balance equipment and exercise balls are commonly found in an outpatient gym-setting. Larger clinics may also offer strength building equipment and machines, typical of those found in health clubs.

For Michiganders or Michiganians (whatever you prefer to be called) -- The state motto, Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you) applies to all aspects of life in Michigan, especially in terms of starting a rewarding career in Michigan as a physical therapist.