What is Physical Therapy?
In Physical Therapy, mechanical movements are used to relieve pain and increase the function and mobility of muscles and tissues. PTs are the providers of choice for movement related disorders. Utilizing different types of exercises and manual techniques and modalities can be used to reduce or alleviate the pain a patient has been experiencing. In doing so, a patient is able to reach the road to recovery much quicker, with a higher probability of renewal and restoration overall.
Is it necessary to be have suffered an injury to see a physical therapist?
The answer is no. Physical therapy maximizes the healing process when the body suffers an injury, but it can also be used to prevent any undesirable conditions or future ailments. Physical therapy should be considered as a preventive approach to any illness along with a recovery plan if a patient does happen to suffer trauma to the body.
When do I need physical therapy?
Physical therapy is oftentimes needed in relation to the following conditions:
- Feeling pain at any stage of life is an indication that you may need physical therapy.
- If you are experiencing any joint or muscular pain, stiffness or dysfunction you should seek a PT
- You may need physical therapy if you are sitting for long periods of time during the day, especially individuals that have diabetes or any other long-term With such conditions, physical therapy can help prevent pain, as well as reduce your chances of injury.
- If you feel pain while climbing stairs or working out, you may want to see a physical therapist to inquire about localized discomfort.
- If you have encountered a recent injury, you may need to see a physical therapist.
- If you have an injury, and your current recovery program is not alleviating the issue, this is probably the time to visit a physical therapist.
- Physical therapy is oftentimes needed if you had a recent issue related to heart health, and/or recently hospitalized.
- If you have suffered, and are now recovering from, a stroke or heart attack, physical therapy is usually recommended.
- You should visit a physical therapist if you’ve been experiencing back pain, or have experienced any hip-related
- If you are currently recovering from surgery, you may want to consider working with a physical therapist.
- Physical therapy is oftentimes recommended if you have been experiencing pain in the shoulders and/or neck.
- To help decrease recovery time, and to avoid re-injury to the same place, physical therapy is usually recommended for many injuries.
- If you currently suffer, or have suffered respiratory issues, physical therapy may help with current or lingering symptoms.
- If your heart and blood vessels issues are a current issue, physical therapy may significantly help.
Physical therapy can encourage and equip your body to strengthen and heal itself, thus leaving you pain free and more energized, allowing you to get back to the things you love most. Future injuries can also be avoided by implementing physical therapy as a staple in your current lifestyle as a preventative measure.