Physical therapy – restoring functionality and mobility
Physical therapy is often a good treatment option when health issues, including back problems, make mobility difficult and complicate everyday tasks. It’s an extended treatment process that seeks to restore functionality and mobility as well as relieve pain. It can also help restore or improve a patient’s fitness level, which helps treat existing issues and prevent future ones.
Physical therapy may be used on its own or in conjunction with other treatments.
A patient and physical therapist will work together to create a treatment plan. The goals of a treatment plan are to help restore or improve joint functionality and to restore or increase your strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and coordination.
To begin with, your therapist will work to reduce your inflammation and pain. This may involve manual therapy as well as techniques like cold, heat, water, electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
Physical therapy nearly always involves exercise, which may include stretching, walking, core exercises and walking. Your therapist will likely teach you an exercise routine you can do at home.
You may find that your treatment causes swelling or mild soreness. While this is normal, you should inform your therapist, especially if it is bothering you.
The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to make a patient’s daily life easier. It is designed to help with things like getting in and out of bed, going up and down stairs, and walking.
Physical therapy aids in the recovery period after some injuries or surgeries, and it is also suggested for longer term health problems like arthritis.