Physical therapy may be part of a treatment plan for a variety of patients, including those who have suffered a sports injury, chronic pain, arthritis, or back pain. There are several different modalities used in physical therapy, so it can be fine-tuned for personalized treatment depending on the patient’s needs. Below are just some of the reasons why physical therapy is an effective solution for easing the pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.
1. Adaptable to any skill level: Patients ranging from senior citizens to professional athletes can benefit from physical therapy. Usually sessions are performed on a one-on-one basis, so the therapist can work closely with the patient to understand his or her physical capabilities and limitations. An individual treatment plan will be designed for each case based on the exact needs of the patient.
2. Chronic pain relief: Managing chronic pain can be a challenge because it typically does not respond to traditional medications and treatments. Physical therapy can address the root of chronic pain and ease soreness for the patient with many different techniques. Exercise and stretching are only a part of a physical therapy session. Massage and muscular manipulation performed by the therapist can help naturally reduce inflammation and pain.
3. Improved endurance and strength: Aside from helping to treat injuries, physical therapy can help you build strength to prevent future problems from occurring. Over time you will notice better flexibility, improved range of motion, and higher stamina.
4. Tips for at home care: Throughout your physical therapy plan, your therapist will show you exercises and stretches to perform at home to further the benefits of your sessions. This can help you recover faster and understand how to stay in shape for life.
The physical therapists of The Orthopedic Clinic Association, or TOCA, offer compassionate care backed by years of experience in the field. Schedule a consultation to design a treatment plan that suits you by calling (602) 677-6211.