There are a number of treatments for physical ailments in the medical industry. Each is specifically geared toward improving function and relieving overall pain levels. These differing treatments usually specialize in one area, creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the rehabilitation of one specific physical location. Of the many treatment types, and the most common has seen decades of growth and evolution, seeing tremendous results time and again. This treatment type and one of the most effective strategies is what’s referred to as physical therapy.
Physical therapy is about maintaining your health through physical activity. The activity will serve a therapeutic purpose for your current condition. Physical therapy, also known as occupational therapy, helps people who were hurt at work, injured playing sports, receiving a knee replacement and anyone whose doctor believes physical activity will speed up recovery. Occupational therapy is a universal solution that can help people with any illness, injury or condition improve their health. Regardless of their age or past medical history, physical therapy can be customized for their recovery at a pace of least resistance.
Here are some ways that physical therapy will help you:
Decrease Level of Pain
Hands-on therapy and methods like ultrasound and electrical stimulation can assist in alleviating pain along with rejuvenating muscle and joint functions. This is particularly useful for lower back pain, joint pain, and more. While results have been overwhelmingly positive in reducing pain, it can, in some instances, even stop the pain from returning altogether.
Most of the time, blood flow and movement of the inflamed areas of the body can help with the healing process. If you are able to manage your pain to avoid surgery, then, by all means, save yourself the heartache of a surgical procedure. If you can’t avoid surgery, your best bet is to look into pre-surgery physical therapy to speed up recovery after the operation.
Increase Mobile Skills
Stretching and strengthening exercises can help with your balance and reduce the chance of injury. Whether you’re standing or taking a stroll, there are a number of exercises that can be implemented to improve your mobility. Physical therapy in healthcare can apply for patients with a walker, cane, and even a wheelchair.
Stroke and Cardiovascular Conditions
Generally, during the post-operative phase after a stroke, people lose their range of motion resulting in restricted movements. Physical therapy can help restore parts of the body that were injured after the stroke. After a heart attack, patients may receive a form of physical therapy to optimize daily functioning.
Hip or Knee Replacements
As you get older, arthritis and joint replacements are not out of the ordinary. If needed, physical therapy can efficiently help elder patients stay mobile and athletic throughout the treatment process. Specific stretches and strengthening exercises are perfect for those trying times of rehab.
At Reynolds Memorial Hospital, licensed physical therapy professionals provide maximal rehabilitative services for back pain, bone and joint problems, circulatory and neurological conditions such as stroke, problems with balance and dizziness. Outpatients are asked to call ahead to schedule an appointment. Patients should arrive 15 minutes prior to an appointment for registration.
For more information, please call Joe Johnson, MPT, PT, Director: (304) 843-3273