Physical therapy can benefit people of all ages who have conditions or injuries that limit their ability to move. It can also benefit people who have just undergone surgery.
Who does the physical therapy?
A physical therapist does the therapy. He/she is a licensed medical professional who is specifically trained to diagnose physical abnormalities, restore physical function and mobility, and promote physical activity and function.
How can physical therapy help after injury or surgery?
After an injury or surgery, physical therapy can help in:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
Through therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, and treatments (e.g. ultrasound, taping, or electrical stimulation), physical therapy can restore muscle and joint function and reduce pain. With these therapies, recurring pain may also be prevented.
- Enhance the healing process
The body has a natural ability to heal itself. However, physical therapy can speed up the process. It can help prevent complications such as limited range of motion, loss of muscle mass, and formation of scar tissue, which can slow down healing.
- Improving or regaining mobility
If an injury limits your ability to move, physical therapy can help. Physical therapists can design a custom program for you and properly fit you for canes, crutches, or other assistive devices.
- Recovering safely and completely
Physical therapists can help you recover from an injury or surgery without creating other unwanted consequences. For example, if you just had a knee surgery, it’s important to learn proper form when walking. Without the help of a physical therapist, you may fall into old bad habits that can result to muscle imbalances and consequently, affect your gait.
If you are looking for qualified and well-experienced professionals to provide physical therapy after an injury or surgery, we can help.