Anyone who has an injury, disability, or disease knows how hard it can be to regain your mobility, function, and independence as you begin to recover. Recovering from any condition takes time, dedication, and professional medical assistance. This is precisely when you will need the expert help of a physical therapist.
Physical therapists, or PTs, are professionals who are licensed by the state in which they work and trained to use a variety of techniques, which can be personalized depending on a patient’s condition.
When you undergo physical therapy, you will be evaluated and treated with an eye toward alleviating your pain and improving your mobility and function. Almost anyone can benefit from physical therapy, including athletes, and those with certain long-term health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
So how exactly does physical therapy help with your recovery? Let us count the ways:
- Enhances Healing. Physical therapy can help your body heal more efficiently, and help you avoid complications such as scar tissue buildup and a limited range of motion.
- Reduces Pain. PTs have access to a wide range of therapeutic approaches that can relieve pain and other symptoms.
- Helps You Avoid Surgery. Surgery may or may not be required for your injury or condition. Either way, you may benefit from physical therapy. In some cases, your doctor may recommend you begin PT prior to surgery in order to improve your condition to ensure a successful surgery and reduce the amount of post-op PT you may need. In some cases, trying PT before surgery can effectively rehabilitate you – so much so that surgery is no longer necessary!
- Allows You to Regain Your Mobility. Physical therapy strengthens the muscles surrounding the affected area to provide better support and easier movement. PT can gradually improve your flexibility, and safely increase your range of motion as you heal.
- Improves Balance to Prevent Falls. Your physical therapist can screen you for fall risk to make sure you are given appropriate exercises to safely improve your balance, if needed.
- Prevents Re-Injury. Physical therapy can guide you in using the proper form for various movements or tasks. This can ensure you don’t re-injure the area in the future.
A patient’s physical therapy treatment plan may consist of a variety of components, including stretching (which can help inhibit scar formation), strengthening (to improve endurance and function and prevent future injury), and various methods to stimulate blood flow (such as with massage, ultrasound, ice/heat therapy) that can boost healing.
Health Care and PT Clinic for Recovering Patients
If you in the process of recovery from injury or surgery, do not hesitate to see a physical therapist for better and quicker healing. Make plans to visit the Lynx Healthcare location nearest you by calling (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment now.