Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy Services?

Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy Services?

by Yenny (SU)

Physical therapy services can effectively evaluate and treat a variety of conditions and injuries that can cause pain and abnormal physical function. Physical therapy can be a cost-effective solution that gets you back to your normal activity level and lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Physical therapy services use a multidisciplinary approach to help patients of all ages and activity levels regain or improve strength, movement, and function, which may have been limited as a result of suffering an injury, a medical condition, or an illness.

If you have a musculoskeletal injury, a physical therapist can deliver personalized care to achieve desired results and to maximize your mobility, function, and overall quality of life. In addition, physical therapy can be an effective way to help you avoid unnecessary and expensive surgery, and reduce the need for pain relief medications.

Personalized, One-on-One Care

Physical therapy services offer one-on-one care that is personalized to meet your specific needs. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe enough to limit your functional mobility, your therapist can design a rehabilitation plan that works best for you and your pace. It utilizes a variety of hands-on and equipment-assisted treatment modalities and therapeutic interventions. Treatment plans can include:

·      Customized progressive exercise programs

·      Manual therapy techniques to mobilize joints and soft tissue

·      Soft tissue rehabilitation and joint mobilization

·      Modalities for pain relief and healing

·      Home exercise/rehabilitation programs

·      Patient education

·      Therapeutic modalities such as massage therapy, heat and cold therapy, electrical stimulation, dry needling and therapeutic ultrasound

·      Training on post-op equipment such as walking aids, braces, splints

Conditions Treated by A Physical Therapist

Physical therapy services focus on restoring function within the musculoskeletal system (including joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones) and can be used to treat a number of disorders affecting parts of the body, including the spine, knee, hip, shoulder, ankles, feet and hands. Physical therapy can be an effective solution to manage and treat many different conditions, including:

·      Sports injuries (such as sprains and strains, ACL tears, rotator cuff injuries, and tennis elbow)

·      Work-related injuries and conditions

·      Tendonitis and tendon injuries

·      Neck and back pain

·      Joint disorders (such as hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, and elbow)

·      Dislocations

·      Chronic conditions such as arthritis, and osteoporosis

Arthritis is a degenerative condition, meaning it gets progressively worse over time. Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that affects the protective cartilage within a joint, causing it to wear away gradually over time. This can lead to painful bone-on-bone rubbing and loss of function. Physical therapy can help to strengthen joints that have been weakened by damage. It can help to reduce pain and stiffness in the joint, and improve mobility and range of motion.

Pre- and Post-Op Physical Therapy

In some situations, surgery is unavoidable. Physical therapy can be very beneficial both pre- and post-surgery to get you into the best physical condition possible to cope with surgery and to promote healing and speed up recovery. It can help restore function, manage pain, and build up muscle strength post-surgery, allowing you to get back to your normal day-to-day activities quicker. Physical therapy can be beneficial following many surgical procedures, including:

·      Joint replacement surgery

·      Fracture surgery

·      Spinal surgery (fusion, discectomy)

·      Tendon repair surgery

·      Post bunionectomy surgery

·      Joint fusion surgery

·      Rotator Cuff repair

·      Labral repair

·      ACL reconstruction

·      Wrist or Hand surgery

Benefits of Using Physical Therapy Services

Physical therapists take care of you in all phases of healing, right from the initial diagnosis to the recovery and preventative stages of care. Physical therapy has many benefits including:

·      Improving or restoring mobility, strength, and balance

·      Minimizing, managing, or eliminating pain and swelling

·      Improving circulation

·      Preventative care (fall prevention)

·      Preventing the need for surgery and pain relief medications

·      Development of return-to-work programs

·      Pre- and post-operative rehabilitation

·      Treating the underlying source of pain

·      Management of age-related conditions

Physical Therapy Services in Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, Tennessee

If you are experiencing pain or reduced function, the experienced therapy team at Watauga Orthopedics can help. We provide personalized care and customized treatment plans to help relieve pain and improve function and mobility, allowing you to get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

To find out more about our physical therapy services, contact us at (423) 282-9011, or you can use our convenient online system to schedule an appointment with our physical therapy team.