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When Do People Need Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy helps to manage pain and improve function whether you have an injury or sprain or more complex neurological disorders. Physical therapy programs include patient education regarding prevention of further injury and disability. Physical therapists provide strength and flexibility training, and help patients in correcting and improving their posture, movement/range of motion. Physical therapy is a treatment welcomed by most people, largely on account of its non-invasive nature.

Conditions Which Would Benefit from Physical Therapy

  • Knee problems
  • Shoulder/arm conditions
  • Back conditions
  • Neck conditions
  • Hip fracture
  • Sprains/muscle strains
  • Ankle/foot problems
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation after injury
  • Stroke

Physical Therapy after Surgery

In many cases, physical therapy exercises are recommended by doctors after an operation. When the joint is replaced after an injury or fracture, the damaged limb can be healed and made functional with the help of this particular therapy.

In particular, after a knee surgery, a specified therapy might be conducted with three main primary objectives.

  • First, training is provided so that the joint can be made strong.
  • Second, the motion is restored. Physical therapy removes the stiffness.
  • Third, the knee is protected from further injury.

In general, people who are suffering from sports injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, joint and muscle pain, spinal problems, and others may be referred for different exercises, which should be performed strictly under an expert. It is essential to know the right way of doing these exercises.

Physical Therapy for Different Kinds of Pain

People with different kinds of pain such as neck pain, back pain, arthritis, or stenosis can go to a reputable physical therapy center to benefit from customized treatment. Physical therapy programs differ with each patient, and proper healing demands complete compliance with the therapist’s instructions; healing requires time and this too is different with each individual.

Physical therapy treatment involves specific stretches and exercises that will enable smooth recovery. Stretching exercises reduce stiffness of the muscles and joints while improving your range of motion, and flexibility. Exercises also help to restore strength. Physical therapists utilize a variety of exercise equipment for treatment purposes. Massage therapy is also utilized when providing physical therapy treatment. This helps immensely in bringing back the flexibility to the muscles.

Follow Your Physical Therapist’s Instructions Closely

Physical therapy is effective for treating injured bones, joints, muscles and a number of neurological conditions. However, it is important that you follow your physical therapist’s instructions closely. The physical therapist would closely study your progress and modify the exercise programs if required.

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