One of the most difficult aspects of maladies that a physical therapy assistant has to deal with is stroke. Over 700,000 Americans are affected by strokes each year, with over 140,000 deaths. At least 25 percent of victims are able to recover fully or might experience only minor variations to a full recovery.

What this means is that almost three quarters of the people felled by strokes, must be treated in any number of ways in order to enjoy any semblance of quality of life. The clinicians who provide a great deal of this treatment are physical therapists. Many victims fall prey to anger and fear when the realization sets in that the road to recovery may be long and arduous.

For some, the realization that they may never recover their full faculties, is more they can bear, and they spiral down into dejection and despair. As highlighted on the medical career website site, it takes the best emotional support that a physical therapist can extend to inject these types of patients with a will to survive and improve as best they can.

Physical Therapy for the Broken Back

As injuries go, a physical therapy assistant deals with many different types, but one of the worst that can disastrously affect a human being is the broken back. To be sure, many broken backs can be repaired with little to no impairment, but we have seen the celebrity athletes who have suffered such injuries and their lives have been forever affected.

One celebrity, the actor Steve Reeves, was injured when he was thrown from a horse while riding at an equestrian competition. Although he was a large and powerfully built young man, he suffered a severe back injury that cost him the control of his arms and legs. He never recovered and ultimately lost his battle to the injury.

A physical therapist provides treatment to those whose spinal cord may have been bruised, or partially damaged, resulting in a disruption of the nerve endings through the back. Temporary paralysis is often the result of this type of injury, and a consistent regimen of retraining the appendages to recover full mobility is often required. Depending on the amount of damage and the location of the damage along the spinal column, can determine if a victim suffers paraplegia or quadriplegia.