The Benefits of Physical Therapy

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Physical therapy has been proven to be benefits for people of all ages. You might have done the research and came to the conclusion that you need to look for a physical therapist. One of the challenges you’re likely to experience is to get the right physical therapist for your needs. That is why it is recommended that you’re doing the research before settling on any provider. There are numerous benefits that you can get from physical therapy and we’re going to highlight some of them.

Reduce Pain

This is one of the main benefits that is associated with physical therapy. A good therapist will take you through manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises which helps in reducing pain in different parts of the body. Other therapies that you can also get include joint mobilization, electrical stimulation, and taping.

Help in Avoiding Surgery

There is nothing as scary as going under the knife when it is not absolutely necessary to do so. There are situations where physical therapy could just be as effective as surgery and you don’t have to worry about the pain and the side effects which can be devastating. There is no reason for going for surgery for some conditions before trying physical therapy. Your primary care physician is likely to prescribe physical therapy alongside other treatment options when trying to recover from an injury or an illness. Surgery should be a last resort when you’ve explored all the options.

Improve Mobility

It doesn’t matter the age of the patient, there are some exercises that will help in improving mobility. It is particularly helpful for people who are having trouble walking for one reason or another. A good physical therapist will help you achieve whatever mobility goals that you could be having. You might be recovering from an accident and don’t have the strength needed to move around. A good physical therapist will come up with a regiment that ensures you’re recovering in the shortest time possible.

Help with Recovery from a Stroke

It is not uncommon for a person to lose some degree of movement and function. Physical rehabilitation will ensure that you’re fully recovering. It should be noted that physical therapy should not be seen as an alternative treatment. That is why it is recommended that you consult with your doctor if you’re going to be using physical therapy as a treatment option. A good therapist will help you regain balance working on the body parts that have been affected by the stroke.

Recovery from Sport-Related Injuries

As an athlete, you’ll always be susceptible to injuries. If you’re involved in competitive sport, you’re required to recover as soon as possible. That is why it is important that you’re doing everything possible to ensure that the recovery process seamless. Physical therapy has been shown to help people recover from sport-related injuries relatively faster. A good therapist will also create an injury prevention program that promotes optimum performance.

Improves Balance

You might have lost your balance because of an accident. When you reach out to a physical therapist, the first thing that they’re likely to do is to carry out a fall test. If you’re at high risk, the physical therapist will come with exercise regimens to ensure that you’re getting your balance back. The exercises will also help in improving coordination which is crucial for the balancing of the body.

Managing Vascular Conditions

Numerous studies have shown that physical therapy can help with vascular conditions and diabetes too. Patients with diabetes usually experience challenges with their feet and legs. A good therapist can help in providing pain relief. They will also educate patients on the best way to care for their feet.

Getting a Physical Therapist

Once you’ve established that physical therapy is beneficial for your condition, you’ll want to get a provider that is experienced. This is to ensure that you’re seeing an improvement with your condition. The most important consideration is the experience of the physical therapist. They should be familiar with your condition so that they can know the right approach.

You should look for a provider that you’re comfortable with since you will be working with them for some time. That is why it is recommended that you book an initial consultation so as to establish the chemistry. It will be hard to work with someone you don’t get along with regardless of the experience that they could be having. You need to locate a PT physician that can help in improving your condition.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Bob Newton
7 months ago

It’s good that you point out that physical therapy can help you recover from an injury. I was recently injured while playing frisbee, so I’m considering going to physical therapy. I’m going to look for a good physical therapist in my area.

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