How physical therapy helps
For those who have ever had an injury, pain or orthopedic procedure, you may already be familiar with the benefits of physical therapy. For those who are not familiar with physical therapy, I’d like to share some information about why it is important and how you can benefit from it. Physical therapy is a dynamic career that uses scientifically based treatment methods to promote, restore and maintain optimal physical function. Learn more about our clinic in our area by clicking here.
What does a physical therapist do?
- Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction, and improve physical and functional abilities.
- Promote optimal movement and health by restoring, maintaining, and promoting optimal physical function.
- Prevent the onset, progression, and symptoms of impairments, functional limitations and disabilities that could be caused by diseases, disorders, conditions, injuries, or other causes. (1)
Now that you have a better understanding of what a physical therapist does it is time for you to learn why physical therapy is so important!
5 reasons to choose physical therapy in our area
We can all admit that we don’t want to be in pain. Sometimes the cause is not obvious. Anyone who has ever experienced pain or continues to experience it knows how devastating it can be on their quality of life. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for chronic and acute pain. The use of therapeutic exercise, soft tissue, joint mobilization and other modalities in physical therapy has been shown to reduce or eliminate pain and to teach patients self-remedies to avoid future pain. Learn more about one of the treatments we provide to help reduce pain by visiting our specializing in telehealth physical therapy treatment options and corrective exercise solutions page.
Surgery is often an option for patients who are experiencing pain or impairment. Sometimes surgery is necessary, but in most cases physical therapy can help patients avoid having to go under the knife. Research is showing that physical therapy is the best option for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. It’s worth giving it a shot before you go under the knife. Although therapy cannot prevent surgery in all cases, strong evidence shows that therapy before surgery can improve post-operative outcomes.
After injury, return to work
As a physical therapist, I’ve known many colleagues who are avid athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This education combined with a background in physical rehabilitation will make you the perfect person to help you return to the things you love. To get you moving again as quickly as possible, a physical therapist will take into account both the healing process as well as the physical requirements of the activity.
Many people seek physical therapy after suffering an injury or pain. One aspect that is often overlooked is the importance of physical therapy in diagnosing and treating areas of weakness or poor mobility that could make a patient more vulnerable to injury. A physical therapist will identify these impairments and create a treatment plan to address them. This could help reduce the chance of injury. All injuries can’t be avoided, but it is better to be proactive than sorry!
Balance and prevention of falls
It is well-known that falls among seniors are common, dangerous and can adversely affect their quality of living. Seniors over 65 are at risk of falling 25% more often than those below. This percentage only gets higher with age! At least one person will fall each year. This can have serious consequences. A physical therapist can help you avoid falling by evaluating your needs and creating a customized treatment plan that includes exercises to increase strength, mobility, balance, and coordination. Patients and their families can also be educated about ways to reduce the risk of falling at home.
Contact our team in our area today!
It would be difficult to summarize all the benefits of physical therapy. However, I hope this article has helped to make physical therapy more accessible to others. I know the benefits from being a patient and a worker in the field. You can talk to one of our board certified specialists in our area if you have questions about physical therapy. Don’t hesitate to contact us today!