Physical Therapy Is for Everyone!

 Physical Therapy Is For Everyone!

At Barkman & Smith Physical Therapy in Bedford and Alliance Forth Worth, TX, we see a diverse client population and diagnosis. This blog post is designed to be a resource for you, and help you gain more clarity on the fact that physical and occupational therapy is for everyone! 

Physical and occupational therapists are highly trained health care professionals. They are experts in human movement who are trained to evaluate and treat all kinds of musculoskeletal issues with exercise and other techniques. Everyone moves and everyone can benefit from exercise, so physical therapists can help people through their entire lives!

Our resources in this blog post or found on Barkman and Smith Physical Theapy website is for informational purposes only.  Do not diagnose, self treat, or attempt any exercises from the content without contacting Barkman & Smith Physical Therapy, your physician or a qualified specialist first.


Physical therapists start treating some people very shortly after birth. Common reasons a baby might need PT include torticollis and cerebral palsy. Torticollis is a postural issue caused by a tight neck muscle. Babies with torticollis hold their heads tipped to one side. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that causes difficulty with movement and coordination.

As children get older, some have trouble hitting their motor milestones - think of these as the "firsts" - sitting up, rolling over, crawling, standing, and walking. Physical therapists can help here too, using their expertise to help develop motor skills and coordination to get these children back on track.

At barkman and smith physical therapy, we are dedicated to help parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or any responsible adult who has a child, understand how to keep them healthy and happy when they are playing hard and having fun. There are resources to support and care for your child regardless of their activity, their sport, or their age.

It is our aim to provide resources to you that cover a wide variety of pediatric issues in order for you to help your child run, jump, play and feel the way a kid should feel....great!


In adolescents, sports injuries become more common. Whether it's an ankle sprain, or an ACL surgery, a PT can help. The rapid growth in adolescents can cause issues too. Things like growth plate fractures, growing pains, Osgood-Schlatter's disease, and Sever's disease are all common in adolescence and are related to the changes the body is going through.


As adults, a lot of us will have back pain - studies say up to 80% of us. Physical therapy is one of the first treatments recommended for back pain. Physical therapists also see adults for injuries - maybe from weekend warrior type sports injuries, overuse, or from an accident at work. Some adults also start to show symptoms of diseases like multiple sclerosis, or myositis which also benefit from physical therapy.

If you suffer back pain, there is no reason why you do have to banish yourself to the bell tower at Notre Dame a la Quasimodo.  In fact, we have designed a resource on our website with you in mind.

Whether you have upper, mid, or lower back pain because of a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, or any other issue that is seriously impairing your outlook on life and your happiness, worry no more.  We aim to provide a solution to you and to your problem, as well as supply information that will help you stay healthy and pain free after your injury is corrected.

After all, there is no reason for you to live life hunched over in pain, there is too much to see, feel and experience when you are able to stand tall.


Later in life, people tend to have more health issues that impact their ability to move. Things like arthritis, joint replacements, strokes, and heart attacks are all things a PT can help with. Physical therapists also help people age better - keeping them moving with exercise programs that help reduce falls, or helping them make adaptations and modifications to keep them in their homes safely.

Physical/Occupational Therapy at Barkman & Smith Physical Therapy in Bedford, Alliance Forth Worth, TX

Movement is a constant in life. As movement experts, PTs or OTs can help people of any age. Some specialize in treating pediatric patients, and some specialize in treating geriatric patients, but all PTs have the expertise to help people move better.

A thorough assessment by an experienced physical therapist or occupational therapist at Barkman & Smith Physical Therapy is the first step to getting relief. They will recommend a plan for how to treat your pain to help you break free and get on with your life. Contact us today!

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All information provided within this blog are for informational and educational purposes only, and should not to be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this website. Please consult your physician or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this website. The information provided in this blog is believed to be accurate based on the most current research and best judgment of the author. However, you as the reader must be responsible for consulting with your own health professional on matters raised within. Barkman and Smith Physical Therapy will not be held responsible for the actions or consequential results of any action taken by any reader.