Physical therapy is a treatment form that aims to improve mobility, restore function, and release pain through stretching, strengthening exercises, and medical massage. It can also improve your balance, endurance, coordination, and physical strength. Often implemented after a health condition or injury has made it difficult for you to tend to your usual daily activities, it can enhance the rehabilitation process while improving your overall physical strength, healing, and well-being. Physical therapy can be used on its own, or in combination with other treatments, such as medications.
During your appointment, your physical therapist will conduct an exam and talk to you about your symptoms, overall health, goals, and lifestyle. You’ll then work together to formulate an effective treatment plan. The first goal of your treatment will likely be minimizing any pain and swelling. Once both have improved sufficiently, you can generally start designated or approved physical exercises.
Your physical therapist may use a variety of tools and techniques to assess and improve your condition, such as hot or cold therapy, ultrasounds, massage, mobilization, manipulation, and electrical stimulation. Mobilization involves slow movements that push your bones or joints into position. In manipulation, your therapist will apply pressure to a joint. Physical therapy also involves education, to help you learn to safely perform daily activities, protect your joints, and use any needed assistive devices, such as crutches.
Physical therapy treatments may cause some amount of soreness or swelling, which tends to be mild. While this is normal and no cause for alarm, be sure to talk to your physical therapist if it becomes bothersome, long-lasting, or severe.
All the physical therapists at Downtown Spine and Sports are board-certified and experienced. Any of our therapists can help determine if you should work with someone who specializes in a particular type of care, such as cardiac rehab, back and neck pain, cancer-related challenges, wound or injury care, or pediatric or senior care.
If you’re experiencing back pain, physical therapy can help. In addition to ice or hot packs, treatment may involve stretches specific to minimizing your symptoms, such as daily hamstring stretching, and spinal decompression treatments for bulging, degenerated, or herniated disks in the neck or back.
We accept the majority of PPO health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.
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