Therapeutic exercise involves patient instruction of specific exercises to address weakness or loss of joint mobility due to disease or injury.
Several types of exercise can be included.
- Active exercises involve movement of a body part against gravity or with additional weight for resistance.
- Active-assisted exercise is movement of a body part with support from another part of the body. For example, using one arm to help lift the other, or with help from your therapist.
- Passive exercise relies on the therapist or another part of your body to lift the injured limb.