How does physical therapy actually work

In most cases, a physical therapist has worked with you or someone you know in the past to help with a mobility difficulty. It may happen that an accident or surgery has limited your mobility, making it difficult for you to perform the daily duties you used to. You could find it challenging to go back into your usual routine. A physical therapist can help with that. In this blog, they explain how physical therapy works and how it aids patients in their recovery.

What exactly is physical therapy?

For many people, physical therapy, commonly known as PT, is an essential part of their recovery from various health issues. Physical therapists in the United States see more than 300 million patients each year, ranging in age from infants to the elderly.

Patients seek this specialist service for injuries ranging from back discomfort to tendinitis and shin splints to sprained ankles and other musculoskeletal ailments. Rehabilitation following surgery, arthritis, and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis are also typical causes of patients requiring physical therapy.

Regardless of the multitude of reasons why a patient seeks out physical therapy, they all have one thing in common: their disease limits their ability to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Hospitals, nursing homes, and private outpatient clinics are places where physical therapy sessions might be held. Get to know more about us by clicking here.

Care is entirely unique to each patient:

Physical therapists and doctors work together in one location to make things easier for the patients. Although two individuals may have the same ailment, each patient’s physical therapy treatment plan is tailored to their individual needs. For example, a physical therapist’s care plan for one arthritis patient may require three weekly visits over six weeks. In contrast, another arthritis patient’s care plan may be shorter or longer.

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The most effective treatment:

During your first visit, your doctor will review your medical history and better understand your current condition. Then, to create a care plan that meets your specific requirements and expectations, they collect as much information as possible regarding your current physical limits and your long-term mobility aspirations. This method allows clinicians to use a highly effective and less invasive rehabilitation option that aids healing following surgery or an injury.

A non-drug approach to pain management:

One of the benefits of physical therapy is that it can help you heal and manage pain without medication if you have an injury or a painful chronic disease. In a 2021 Gallup poll, 41 percent of patients seeking an alternative to prescription painkillers regarded physical therapy as the most effective.

Final thoughts: 

A physical therapist’s care plan builds incrementally. Slow and steady progress is made toward more complex mobility and healing procedures.

These sessions may usually involve modalities such as therapeutic exercise, therapeutic ultrasonography, electrical stimulation, ice or heat therapy, manual massage or manipulation, balance and gait training, and various other techniques. The physical therapists also like to give “homework” exercises that you can complete on your own between appointments.  Get the appointment now.

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