If you have experienced chronic pain for a considerable amount of time or have recently suffered an injury, it might be a good idea to consider physical therapy at Active Care Wellness Center. This non-invasive treatment option works with the body to heal damaged tissue while
building up overall strength and stamina to help prevent further injury. Here is what you need to know about physical therapy for functional rehabilitation.
What is Physical Therapy?
The primary approach of physical therapy is to treat the root cause of a particular ailment to create better overall wellness and improve quality of life. Physical therapy works by using non-invasive and non-medicated practices to heal the body. The combination of the two can lead to patients living happier and healthier lives with decreased pain, increased range of motion and strength, and better physical stamina. Physical therapy is generally appropriate for individuals at any age or stage in their life.
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What Are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?
Using physical therapy as part of a functional medicine path is very important and there are numerous benefits. First, the process does not require risky medications of any kind for you to see improvement. This alone is the main reason why most people choose this as their wellness path after an accident or injury. Second, going through physical therapy allows you to heal while building up your physical strength and mobility, which can help keep you from reinjuring yourself in the future. In the end, this can prevent surgery or other more invasive methods of treatment from being needed.
· Musculoskeletal Injuries, such as back pain, impingement syndrome, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, etc.
· Balance and Coordination Deficits
· Neurological Conditions, such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.
· Sports Related Injuries, such as ACL tear, meniscus tear, labral tear, etc.
· Surgical Post-op and Pre-op, such as knee replacement, rotator cuff tear, spinal fusion, etc.
Types of Physical Therapy
· Orthopedic which treats musculoskeletal injuries involving bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
· Geriatric which treats older patients with balance, coordination, and mobility deficits to improve quality of life.
· Neurological which treats individuals with disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and Multiple Sclerosis to help restore strength and manage the progression of their disease.
· Cardiovascular and Pulmonary which enhances strength and endurance following cardiac events or pulmonary procedures (e.g. open-heart surgery).
· Pediatric which treats infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with developmental delays or other musculoskeletal injuries.
· Vestibular which treats balance and coordination deficits that can arise from inner ear conditions.
· Pelvic Floor which can treat pelvic pain and urinary/fecal incontinence in both men and women.
· Wound Care which helps to ensure proper healing of a wound using various techniques to improve blood flow and decrease risk of infection.
What to Expect During a Physical Therapy Appointment
It is common for first-time patients to want to know what to expect during a physical therapy appointment. While the physical therapist is taking your medical history, you will be asked about where you are experiencing pain and how long it has been going on for. You will also likely need to explain the details of what happened to cause the injury, as certain injuries associated with a car accident or whiplash might have a different treatment approach than if you simply injured your knee while playing tennis. From there, the physical therapist will complete a physical examination to determine strength and range of motion deficits which will help guide your course of treatment. If warranted, the physical therapist may or may not refer you for proper diagnostic imaging before coming up with a treatment plan. During subsequent physical therapy appointments, you will be taken through a series of exercises designed to build up strength and endurance. Various manual therapy techniques may also be used to help further restore mobility.
Ready to regain control over your life and eliminate the pain?
If you are ready to regain control over your life, eliminate the pain, and look forward to an active, satisfying future, why not look into the benefits of physical therapy at Active Care Wellness Center.
For more information about physical therapy, contact us at 406-777-1048.