Our bodies are designed to heal themselves, and this natural healing process works best when paired with proper nutrition, healthy exercise, and the right forms of rehabilitation and treatment. When people are suffering with pain from recent injury or a chronic condition, the first thought that comes to mind is often relying on surgery or medication for treatment. The truth is, physical therapy is equally, if not more, effective; and may even prevent the need for surgery in the first place.
Physical therapy helps restore function, improve range of motion, and alleviate pain. Many patients with problems including back pain, neck pain, and painful conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, sprains and strains, and other injuries, can benefit from rehabilitation via physical therapy.
Going through physical therapy first to try to prevent surgery is usually recommended by doctors, including orthopedic surgeons and pain specialists. Even if you already had surgery, it’s important to implement a physical therapy treatment plan to increase your success of regaining optimal strength, mobility and balance, after recovery.
The job of a physical therapist is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease, without surgery. There is a specific science and pattern that the muscles of the body move to, and a licensed physical therapist has trained to have a keen understanding of body mechanics.
Physical therapists develop treatment plans designed and tailored specifically for the patient, based on their diagnosis, goals, needs, and challenges. PT can help you rehabilitate from an injury, or alleviate the symptoms and pain caused by a condition, and most importantly help to avoid surgery. Studies have shown that surgery has been known to possibly cause more pain, especially in some cases where PT was not followed through afterward.
Physical therapy is a direct form of treatment, and can help target and treat the underlying source of your pain, whether it’s arthritis or another condition, and will help chronic pain improve over time. Your therapist will also provide individualized exercise routines, for both in office and at home. Doing physical therapy sessions allows you to become stronger every day, and teach you the right way to exercise to alleviate pain, not increase it. It is important to note, that the main goal of physical therapy is to restore your function and mobility, and eliminate or minimize your pain so you can get back to your active lifestyle.
Remember, that physical therapists are experts in improving and strengthening your mobility and motion to improve your quality of life. Your recovery will all depend how motivated and determined you are to power through your injury, and do your PT sessions. It is not going to be comfortable, but the more you do it, the more successful your outcome will be.
Talk to one of our experienced doctors at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, about working together to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you to either avoid surgery, or achieve an optimal post-operative recovery if surgery is necessary. To learn more about physical therapy and how it can help you avoid surgery, call Tucson Orthopaedic Institute at (520) 784-6200, to request an appointment, or use our secure online appointment request form.