If you’re like most people, you might think that physical therapy (PT) is strictly a beneficial treatment option for those recovering from surgery or a severe injury. However, there’s more to this form of rehabilitative care than that.
With the guidance of trained professionals and the use of specially designed equipment and personalized exercise programs, PT helps patients of all ages who have physical and medical conditions that limit their normal abilities or functions. It can help you maximize your mobility, manage pain and chronic conditions, avoid surgery and prescription drugs, and generally improve your physical abilities and fitness. In the process, PT can lower treatment costs by a substantial 72 percent.
Whether you are experiencing joint pain or muscle weakness, or you are recovering from surgery, PT under the support and guidance of an experienced therapist can provide many benefits worth noting.
COMMON CONDITIONS THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM PHYSICAL THERAPY
PT can have a positive impact on a wide range of conditions, the most common of which are:
PT can treat many types of sports injuries, such as stress fractures, sprains, and ligament tears. Depending on your specific injury and its severity, treatment will likely involve a combination of strength and conditioning exercises, plus massage therapy.
Chronic neck and back pain
Neck and back pain that lingers for months or years can restrict normal function and quality of life. PT can help ease your pain and improve your mobility in these areas.
This condition causes bones to weaken and become brittle. As a result, they are susceptible to fractures, especially in the hip, spine, or wrist. PT exercises can help lessen bone loss and improve your balance, so you can avoid falls and serious injuries.
PT exercises that focus on the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back can release headache-causing tension that can trigger migraines and tension headaches.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Numerous activities, including working on a computer all day, can lead to repetitive stress injuries that cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your hand and arm. Those can be remedied with PT hand and arm stretches and exercises.
PT can help reduce pain and discomfort during recovery from joint replacement surgery, teaching your body how to move freely again and helping restore you to your previous fitness level.
Whereas this condition causes chronic motor limitations and tremors, PT can help increase your mobility, strength, and balance.
THE KEY BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Besides improving your mobility, PT offers many other benefits, including:
- Avoidance of surgery
- Chronic pain management
- Fall prevention
- Injury recovery or prevention
- Management of age-related medical issues
- Management of heart and lung disease
- Recovery from stroke or paralysis
- Reduced need for prescription drugs
PHYSICAL THERAPY IN WOOSTER, OHIO
We provide a wide variety of PT services in caring for acute and sports-related injuries, postsurgical pain and immobility, and chronic orthopedic conditions, as well as pediatric and geriatric conditions. These services include:
- Aquatic Therapy
- Balance, Dizziness Testing, and Training
- Dry Needling
- Spine Care
- Sports Medicine
- Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Therapy
- Video Analysis
Our therapists have an exercise focus, supplemented with hands-on therapy, which can guide you through a plan designed to correct your particular injury and help prevent future injuries. You can expect a whole-body therapy experience that will direct you back to a healthy, pain-free way of life.
For more information about how physical therapy at HealthPoint can benefit you, call us today at (330) 202-3300.