The Role of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is useful for a number of joint-related, muscular and other medical problems. It involves stretching, exercises, massage and the use of specialized tools. With help from a licensed physical therapist, people can maintain or regain their strength and range of motion. Physical therapy techniques are useful in helping to relieve pain and hasten recovery from injury.
Conditions Treated with Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be used to help elderly patients preserve their strength and balance, which is an important step in preventing falls. Should falls occur, physical therapy helps older patients recover quicker and prevent recurrences. It may also be prescribed after major surgeries, such as hip and knee replacements. Many chronic pain management programs also incorporate physical therapy.
For younger patients, physical therapy is often required after injuries related to sports or job-related repetitive stress. In fact, physical therapy is one of the key strategies in the sports medicine toolkit. Patients who respond to simple manipulation and exercises can avoid surgeries and the corresponding lengthy recovery times. When people push their bodies too hard at the track or on the field, physical therapy can help to loosen tight muscles, relieve tendinitis and improve range of motion. Cases of foot, hand and ankle injury, for example, are often treated in part with physical therapy.
Patients with chronic pain management issues such as the permanently disabled also benefit from physical therapy. It’s a useful strategy with many disabilities, even when no pain is present. For example, patients with low muscle tone caused by disorders from Trisomy 23 to paraplegia benefit from the massage, resistance training and stretching involved with physical therapy.
At AVORS Medical Group, we provide a full range of orthopedic and sports medicine services. This includes everything from physicals for rec leagues to consultations for joint and muscle pain. Contact us today for more information.