Why Physical Therapy is Important

Patient receiving physical therapy

Why Physical Therapy is Important

Physical therapists specialize in the diagnosis and management of movement and dysfunction and help patients reduce pain and optimize their functional mobility. Physical Therapy is a conservative treatment option geared at providing patients with individualized home exercise programs to help meet their goals. Physical therapy is committed to helping a patient restore, maintain and promote physical function and wellness.

What does Physical Therapy Involve?

Physical therapy treatment varies according to individual needs but as with any treatment, it starts by analyzing your medical history and conducting a physical examination. Once the physical therapist identifies the nature of your condition, they then choose a course of treatment. This can include education and training, to inform you about your responsibility as a patient or caregiver in alleviating the problem. You may need to make adjustments to your lifestyle of which your therapist will advise you accordingly.

Conditions Commonly Treated Using Physical Therapy:

  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Sports Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Treatment may include:

Joint mobilization

A passive form of manual therapy aimed at restoring movement to a joint. A frozen shoulder is an example of a condition that could require this treatment.

Soft tissue mobilization

For soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and cartilage. Used to treat sprains, strains, tendonitis, bursitis or stress injuries.

Postural retraining

This is a multi-modal treatment to correct postural conditions. Involves retraining exercises and possibly taping or a brace.

Muscle imbalance identification

Locates areas of the body where imbalances in corresponding muscle groups impinges on healthy movement.

Gait analysis

An investigation into the movements and mechanics of a patient’s body to identify and prevent possible injuries

Stretching/strengthening/balance exercises

A set of prescribed conditioning exercises designed to guard against future injury.

Range of motion exercises

Restores mobility to a joint by gently increasing range of motion while minimizing pain, swelling and stiffness.

Who can benefit from physical therapy?

It is recommended for active people, for example, those in training for long endurance races. It is also very beneficial for those with injuries or who require rehabilitation following an injury.

The incorporation of physical therapy programs can provide a great boost to palliative care situations and mobility concerns due to aging. It is also applicable for babies and children with congenital physical deformities.

Advantages of Physical Therapy

  • It has long-term health benefits

One of the smartest reasons to use physical therapy is that it provides a health solution for regaining long-term mobility and once again leading a pain-free, active life. By staying active and strong, you can avoid conditions that can cause chronic health issues, for example obesity or a fall.

  • No surgery or prescriptive drugs required

One benefit lies in eliminating surgery and dependence on prescriptive drugs in the treatment of the impairment or pain. Furthermore, experts find the therapeutic measures as effective as the surgical treatment of conditions such as spinal stenosis, some forms of osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease.

  • It is patient oriented

Unlike many types of treatment where the patient is passive, physical therapy uses treatments plans that are customized for each patient and largely depend on your participation as a patient.

  • Cost

The removal or reduction of dependence on surgery and drugs cuts the overall cost of treatment making this an affordable option. Sometimes physical therapy is required for management of chronic conditions that otherwise would be very expensive to treat using prescription medication or surgery.

In conclusion, staying mobile and being pain free are big factors influencing health, dignity, independence and quality of life. Physical therapy thus presents a wonderful alternative to traditional treatment options. With its highly trained, friendly staff and two convenient locations, Cynergy Physical Therapy will get you back to your best.  

 

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