Celebrities Who Have Benefitted From Physical Therapy

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Even Celebrities Like Harrison Ford Need Physical Therapy

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Harrison Ford has had a few scrapes that landed him in the PT clinic. Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

If you have an injury or illness that causes pain or that prevents you from moving normally, you may benefit from the skilled services of a physical therapist. Your PT can evaluate your condition and prescribe exercises to improve your range of motion (ROM), strength, and overall functional mobility.

Physical therapists work in a variety of settings and work with people across the lifespan. Some PT's work with babies, others with athletes, and some work with older citizens.

And guess what? Celebrities are people too, and sometimes celebrities they get hurt or become ill and require physical therapy to get back to their normal activities.

Here is a look at some famous people who have benefitted from the skills of a physical therapist. Scroll through, and find out why your favorite star needed the healing hands of a PT.

First Up: Han Solo

Harrison Ford is the leading man in many films, including the Star Wars franchise. Did you know that Ford has been injured a few times and required the skilled services of a physical therapist during rehab? Once, Ford was flying his airplane and made an emergency crash landing, suffering many minor injuries.

While filming the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison was injured in a fall and suffered a broken leg. His fracture required surgery, and he had to take some time off the movie set to rehab his leg in physical therapy. Once he regained his ROM and strength, he was back up, fighting the evil empire to save the galaxy from the dark side of the Force.

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Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking has battled motor neuron disease for much of his life. David M. Bennett / Getty Images

World renown cosmologist and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for years. The condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, causes a steady decline in neurological function, leading to difficulty with basic functional mobility like, walking, talking, and breathing.

Hawking has amazed doctors and therapists with his continued drive to maintain maximal mobility through the years. Although he has steadily lost mobility over the years, he continues to be a leader in the scientific community, and currently, warns global leaders of the negative effects of human-made climate change.

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Randy Travis

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Randy Travis is a physical therapy success story. Frederick Breedon IV / Getty Images

In 2013, country music superstar suffered from a cardiac infection and required surgery. During surgery, he suffered a stroke that caused functional mobility loss. He lost the ability to walk and use his upper extremities normally. He required surgery to take pressure off his brain, and then went through an extensive course of rehab to regain his full mobility. His website reports that he is back to his normal activities after months of therapy.

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Teri Hatcher

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Teri Hatcher once suffered from a frozen shoulder. Taylor Hill / Getty Images

Television star Teri Hatcher once required physical therapy for frozen shoulder. The star - and triathlete - noted that she simply awoke one day and was having difficulty moving her arm normally. She was having difficulty lifting her arm and reaching behind her back to fasten her braziers. She worked in PT to restore her shoulder mobility and to get back to full upper extremity use.

Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes a progressive loss of shoulder ROM. The loss is accompanied by pain, and treatment consists of aggressive shoulder ROM exercises to restore mobility and function.

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Bret Michaels

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Brett Michaels required extensive rehabilitation to get back to full mobility. Rob Kim / Stringer / Getty Images

In 2010, Poison front man and superstar rocker suffered a brain hemorrhage which caused difficulty with walking and talking. He knows that every rose has its thorn, and after several months of intense physical therapy, he made a full recovery. Hopefully, he played some music while in physical therapy to motivate himself and other patients.

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