1. Physical Therapy Speeds Up Recovery
A physical therapy program can be created to assist with and speed up your recovery whether you have suffered from an injury or have recently had surgery. Your physical therapist will create a rehabilitation program that focuses on your needs and your current physical abilities while helping you recover as quickly as possible. Typically, these plans will include stretches, strength, and range of motion exercises, movement aids, and specialized treatment if your physical therapist deems it necessary.
2. Physical Therapy Can Help You Avoid Surgery
There are many instances where working with a physical therapist can help correct a problem without the need for surgery. As we know, physical therapy can help speed up the body’s natural healing process. This is not always enough to avoid surgery but for many sprains, strains, dislocations, and often in the case of tendonitis, arthritis, and acute/chronic pain, physical therapy aids enough in recovery that surgery may not be necessary.
3. Physical Therapy Helps With Injury Prevention
Not only does physical therapy help you recover from injuries, but working with a physical therapist can also help prevent injury altogether. Your physical therapist can work with you to develop a routine of stretches and exercises that you can do before physical activity to help you avoid injury. Based on your physical activity of choice or any preexisting conditions you have, your physical therapist will know which injuries you are more susceptible to and can design a program that works on strengthening and stretching the appropriate muscles. If you’re currently in recovery from an injury or surgery your physical therapist can help you learn to walk or move in ways that will be gentle on your body and prevent you from overdoing it, leading to further injury.
4. Improves Mobility
Physical therapy can help you regain mobility if you find it difficult to stand, walk, or move certain parts of your body no matter what age you are. Stretching and strengthening exercises can aid in restoring the ability to move. Physical therapists also use assistive tools to aid in improving mobility such as canes and crutches that are able to help patients move and stand more easily. Whether your mobility issues are a result of old age, surgery, or injury, your physical therapist can develop a plan that will help you improve your mobility and give you the ability to take back control of your life and health.
5. Manage Pain and Chronic Conditions
There are a variety of different chronic conditions and pain symptoms that physical therapy can help manage. These conditions include, but are far from limited to, arthritis and chronic back pain. Working with a physical therapist will help you learn the safest and most comfortable ways to work the body parts that are affected by pain. Having a chronic condition or chronic pain can often be an isolating experience. It can be hard to get out and finding someone else that is invested in your health the way you are can be challenging. Working with a physical therapist gives you the opportunity to work with someone who is invested in building a plan that can give you your freedom back. In addition to feelings of isolation, chronic pain can often lead to a reliance on opioids and other prescription drugs. Physical therapy helps treat pain through movement, rebuilding strength, and regaining mobility which can help reduce the need to rely on opioids or other drugs to alleviate pain.
Where Can I Find A Physical Therapist Near Me?
At Advanced Kinetics Physical Therapy we offer physical therapy services whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, recovering from an injury, working to prevent an injury, recovering from surgery, or looking to improve mobility! These services are available at our locations in Falls Church and McLean, Virginia. If you’re interested in learning more about how our physical therapists can help you, please get in touch with us!