Those dealing with strains or pains that get in the way of everyday life may find themselves turning to physical therapy. Physical therapy can help those who suffered from an injury or simply experience pain due to a condition. Others seek out physical therapy for sharp pains in certain areas of their body, limited mobility in specific limbs, tingling sensations, or inflammation. Dr David Perna physical therapy is available at both his Back & Body locations in New York and New Jersey.
What Physical Therapists Do
A physical therapist is a healthcare professional specializing in treating and caring for a range of injuries, from minor to severe. Therapistscan treat medical issues, work-related injuries, sports-related injuries, conditions resulting from car accidents, and more. Physical therapists use multiple treatment methods, including physical exercises to help patients with rehabilitation while preventing additional injury. Physical therapists require licensing, as well, so you can rest assured that they are well trained.
What Happens During Physical Therapy
Before beginning treatment, your physical therapistwill first examine you and ask about your family history, as well as your personal medical history. This way, your therapistcan create a personalized treatment plan to achieve your goals. This may be preventing further injuries or treating the current ones. In some cases, physical therapy can prevent the need for surgery.In other cases, it helps the patient recover from surgery. Physical therapy happens in a long sequence of sessions over weeks to months and typically includes exercises that patientsareexpected to complete daily at home to help their rehabilitation.
Types of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy itself will likely include stretches and basic exercises, but it can also include other aspects of treatment. The exercises will be designed to strengthen and stretch the painful areas while improving coordination, flexibility, endurance, and more. Just some of these include cold lasers, massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, ultrasounds, spinal decompression, the use of heat packs and ice, and flexion-distraction therapy. Physical therapy also always includes an aspect of education with advice related to how to perform daily tasks in a safe way, protect yourself from becoming injured again, and which exercises you should be doing at home.
Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy
As mentioned, physical therapy is suggested in many different situations. It is frequently recommended following an injury to help with strength, flexibility, and pain. Those with certain chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal stenosis, can also benefit from physical therapy, as can those recovering from issues like stroke or spinal cord injuries.
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