Physical therapy has proven to be effective for a variety of conditions and can work for people of all ages. It is recommended for joint and muscle disorders, debilitating back pain, sprain, injury, and other musculoskeletal conditions, and also helps in recovery from some surgeries. Physical therapy exercises serve to make life much more manageable for people with these conditions.
What Can Physical Therapy Help Resolve
Specific medical issues for which physical therapy may be prescribed include:
- Back pain
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Ligament or tendon problems
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal stenosis
Physical Therapy Procedures
A physical therapist assesses your condition with the help x-ray, MRI and other diagnostic modalities to formulate the right treatment plan. Based on your health condition your physical therapist will suggest the right plan that will help restore endurance, flexibility, balance, strength and coordination. In case of injury, the therapist will first work on reducing the pain and swelling before recommending specialized exercises.
Exercise is an indispensable element of physical therapy. Stretching, walking, weight lifting, and core exercises form part of a physical therapy exercise program. These exercises can be also performed at home. Other elements of physical therapy include ultrasound, electrical simulation, manual therapy, and heat and cold application. The physical condition of the individual determines the techniques used.
Treatments in Physical Therapy
- Massage and Myofascial Release
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Ice or heat to eliminate muscle spasm and inflammation
- Ultrasound to treat soft tissue injuries
- Injury prevention education
Qualified physical therapists at a multi-specialty healthcare center evaluate patients thoroughly before providing them with customized treatment plans.