After a major injury, illness, or surgery, your body may have a hard time going back to its old way of moving. In some cases, going back to previous routines can be painful or even harmful to your health. This is why physical therapy is so important. They’re an essential part of the healing and pain management process, as they strive to get you back to your daily activities and prevent future issues:
- Getting Back to Daily Activities: Physical therapists work on a variety of issues. Some focus on tendons and ligaments, some specialize in respiratory issues, and some treat back pain. Whatever their area of expertise, physical therapists strive to get their patients back to their daily activities.Most physical therapists teach patients exercises that may increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Depending on your particular medical condition, one or more of these areas may be stressed over the others. In addition to the training you do with your physical therapist, you’ll probably be assigned exercises to do on your own.
- Preventing Future Issues: Physical therapists also strive to prevent future issues. After an injury, it’s tempting to take shortcuts when you’re moving or to avoid moving the injured body part at all. Unfortunately, this can create even more damage. Physical therapists will help you train your body to avoid bad habits that could cause further injury. Physical therapists can also help you correct issues that may put you at risk for another accident. For example, if you’re recovering from a fall, a physical therapist can show you exercises to build balance and coordination to help you avoid injury in the future.
Garden State Pain Management believes that physical therapy plays a key role in the healing process. We find that physical therapy is an effective treatment for back pain. We also offer other services, including epidural injections and acupuncture. Call our office at (888) 481-6521 to learn more.