Taos, New Mexico
Physical Therapy can provide a great source of relief for patients with pain. There are many different reasons why a person would see a physical therapist. There are also different types of physical therapy. There are also many benefits and only some side effects of physical therapy.
Physical therapy is often recommended for patients that have been hurt or have problems moving certain areas of their body due to a disease, illness or some sort of disability. Physical therapists will try to help reduce the pain the patient is experiencing and try to help the patient return to his or her normal activities. Physical therapists will also teach their patients exercises they can do to help them build up the strength again and also to help them with their movements.
People see physical therapists for a variety of reasons. A person might seek out a physical therapist after they’ve had an injury from playing sports. People with cerebral palsy also benefit from seeing a physical therapist. People with head or spine injuries will also benefit from physical therapy. A few other reasons why a person might see a physical therapist if they have muscle diseases, acute trauma, or orthopedic injuries.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to physical therapy. There are many different treatment options for the patient depending on the injury, disease or illness. It also depends on the patient’s age and overall health. Some movements the physical therapist might guide their patient through include balance activities, water therapy, using massage or electrical stimulation to improve circulation, showing them certain pieces of training they can do to rebuild muscle and strength around an injury, flexibility exercises, and also things they can do to avoid future injuries. A physical therapist will also analyze how the patient walks, how they talk and how they run if applicable. They will identify existing issues with the patient and then recommend a course of action. They can also recommend that the patient meets with another specialty doctor to address any other issues that they think might arise. A physical therapist will also give a patient at home instructions for exercises they can do.
There are a lot of benefits to physical therapy and not a lot of downsides. Physical therapy can help reduce or totally eliminate pain. Physical therapy can also help a patient avoid a risky surgery. It can also help a person recover from a stroke or sports injury and return to their normal lives. Physical therapy can also help a patient with their balance and therefore help prevent future injuries. It can also help someone manage some vascular conditions. There is really an endless list of the benefits of physical therapy. The main risks associated with physical therapy is going to a physical therapist that is not properly trained. If they give you poor techniques to implement this could cause more issues down the line.
If you or someone you know could benefit from a physical therapist talk to your doctor first. They might be able to confirm or deny you needing to a physical therapist. If you do need to see one they may have a great recommendation for you.