The 10 Main Benefits of Physical Therapy
Categories: Sports Medicine
At Central Orthopedic Group, the treatment of sports injuries is our area of expertise. As Long Island’s leading orthopedist, we place a high emphasis on healing injuries as completely as possible. Winter injuries plague several of our patients this time of year, and need swift, effective treatment. Therefore, when it comes to certain injuries, the best way to heal is with physical therapy.
Physical therapy is a special form of rehabilitation that focuses on the treatment, prevention and management of disorders. Specifically, these disorders are associated with mobility and physical function. If there are any signs you need a physical therapist, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek one.
1. Physical therapy will help to alleviate pain.
Obviously, this is the most common reason why patients seek physical therapy. At this point, we all know that physical therapy is a great way to help you alleviate pain. Whether it’s a strain injury or torn ACL, physical therapy helps to eliminate unnecessary pain. First, physical therapists perform a thorough examination of your body. Next, they come up with a comprehensive diagnosis. Then, they develop a plan to to improve your function and reduce pain.
2. Physical therapy will get you active again!
Naturally, a massive percentage of our patients are athletes. Obviously, sports injuries plague athletes more than they do others. Every active sport presents a risk of injury to those who play it. Whether it’s football, skiing or basketball, athletes place themselves at risk of an injury constantly. All of these injuries can be managed with a physical therapist. Basically, it’s not only about eliminating pain. In addition, it’s about making you as strong and agile as possible. Ultimately, it’s about restoring your athletic ability and getting it to an even better level.
3. Physical therapy can eliminate headaches.
Do you find yourself constantly getting irritating headaches? With specific exercises and healing techniques, physical therapists can help reduce them. If you’re looking for natural remedies, then you’ve found a perfect solution. Surprisingly, many headaches come from irregularities in the joints and muscles of the upper cervical spine. Essentially, by strengthening your neck’s deep stabilizers and stretching stiff muscles, you can get profound relief from headaches.
4. Physical therapy can improve your balance.
Obviously, once we reach a certain age, we become more susceptible to falling. Additionally, the older we get, the more likely we are to be seriously hurt from these falls. Unfortunately, these falls can lead to a disability or even death. Physical therapy can help you or a loved one improve their balance. Essentially, physical therapy uses balance training in order to allow older Americans to move about with confidence.
5. Physical therapy can make you stronger.
Who doesn’t want to be stronger? Obviously, this is something that all of us can appreciate. We rely on physical strength on a daily basis. Essentially, if you find that you’ve been losing some of your formative strength, physical therapy can help. With a mixture of resistance training, functional exercises and compound movements, physical therapy can revolutionize your upper body strength.
6. Physical therapy is just plain fun.
If you find the right therapist, then you’ll get a lot more than strength and healing from physical therapy. Mostly, physical therapists love their jobs, and that love is contagious. Their infectious enthusiasm translates to enjoyable therapy sessions. Basically, once you finish physical therapy, you’ll feel like you made a friend.
7. Physical therapy can eliminate vertigo!
Something very irritating to many patients is dizziness and vertigo. Obviously, if you experience vertigo regularly, then you know how miserable and inconvenient it can be. Undoubtedly, vertigo is a severe impairment. However, physical therapy employs specific movements and exercises to realign components within your inner ear. As a result, you’ll be able to stand upright without the looming threat of vertigo.
8. Physical therapy can increase flexibility.
Do you have issues with flexibility? Do you struggle with yoga poses? Well then, physical therapy is perfect for you. Usually, stiff joints, tight muscles and other factors contribute to limited flexibility. Physical therapy will eliminate the barriers that inhibit flexibility and movement.
9. Physical therapy can fix/improve your posture.
Has anyone ever barked at you to stand up straight? If this is a comment you hear frequently, then maybe you should see a physical therapist. Essentially, physical therapy can quantify the severity of your posture and figure out what’s causing it. Ultimately, they’ll come up with a plan to fix it and bring you through the necessary exercises. As a result, your posture will improve!
10. Physical therapy can make work more tolerable.
Are you one of the many Americans with a body-taxing job? Obviously, repeating the same movements over and over again for 40+ hours a week can lead to severe pain. If your job is giving you physical grief, a physical therapist can work with you to make it a lot less painful.
These are just some of the many, many reasons to make an appointment with a physical therapist. Obviously, these benefits can be tremendous and make your life a lot easier. However, there are countless other reasons as well. Regardless of your reasons, physical therapy can help to revolutionize your life.