How do I know that PT can help me?
Will PT help me heal faster after surgery?
Can PT help me prepare for or recover from surgery?
How can PT help neck/back pain?
How can PT help balance/falling?
How can PT help heel pain?
How can PT help elbow pain?
How can PT help after illness?
How can PT help neck/shoulder pain?
How can PT help a sprained ankle?
How can PT help knee pain?
How can PT help shoulder pain?
How do I know that physical therapy can help me?
Physical therapy can help anyone who is suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, recovering from surgeries or other difficulties such as balance/walking problems, or neurological problems such as stroke and acquired brain injuries. Even people recovering from non-orthopedic surgeries (internal problems, cancer) can benefit from PT by regaining strength and endurance. The realm of physical therapy is huge and encompasses the whole body and its functioning. Your physical therapist can:
I just had orthopedic surgery; will physical therapy help me heal faster?
Of Course! Physical Therapy can help reduce swelling, increase active and passive range of motion and increase strength and endurance after orthopedic surgery. Most importantly, attending physical therapy increases the functioning of the involved muscles, bones and other soft tissues much more quickly and effectively than just "staying at home" after surgery. We recommend that you discuss this with your doctor before seeking physical therapy.
What can physical therapy do to help me prepare for and recover after surgery?
Your physical therapist can prepare you for surgery by providing an exercise program that targets the primary muscle groups affected by your condition. Increased muscle strength and flexibility will lead to a shorter and more successful surgical outcome.
Your physical therapist will help you after surgery by increasing range of motion, strength, and mobility. The rehabilitation will also be focused on helping reduce pain associated with your surgical procedure.
How can Physical Therapy help my neck and back pain?
Physical Therapy helps control back pain by loosening up tight muscles, strengthening weak muscles, and controlling swelling through the use of manual therapy, therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercises. Modalities include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and others. Patient education such as home exercises and lifting techniques also play a large role is assisting the patient in controlling low back pain.
I am having difficulty with balance and have had recent falls. What can physical therapy do to help me?
An evaluation will determine your specific deficits and your physical therapist will develop a plan to address these needs. Generally, the treatment plan will involve challenging your balance systems within a controlled environment. Fall prevention techniques will be practiced and discussed. There are various reasons for balance problems and falls. Other medical causes will be examined in conjunction with your doctor.
My heel hurts when I’m walking and running. Can physical therapy help me?
A thorough evaluation will be performed by your physical therapist to determine the cause of the pain. A common condition called plantar fasciitis is a possibility. It can be treated through modalities, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise. Each of these will be focused on decreasing pain and inflammation. Your footwear and walking pattern will be evaluated. Appropriate interventions including flexibility and strengthening exercises will be provided. Your physical therapist may discuss other options such as orthotics.
My elbow is sore and hurts during many of my daily activities. Can physical therapy help me?
You may have a condition called lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. Modalities, exercise and bracing can be helpful. Changes in your work ergonomics and daily activities may also be incorporated.
I have been ill for a while and feel very weak. Is there anything physical therapy can do to help me?
Being on “bed rest” for a prolonged period (more than 4 days) can cause significant muscle weakness. Your physical therapist can provide an exercise program that will help you return to your level of activity before your illness.
I work at a computer desk all day. My neck and shoulders hurt all the time. How can physical therapy help with my pain?
Your physical therapist can decrease the tension in your neck and shoulders with manual therapy, modalities and soft tissue mobilization. Your physical therapist can also educate you on stretching, posture, and proper work space ergonomics. These should all contribute toward long term neck and shoulder health.
I sprained my ankle while playing basketball over the weekend. How can physical therapy help get me back to normal, quicker?
Your physical therapist can help speed your recovery from an ankle sprain by decreasing your inflammation and swelling with modalities and education on compression wraps and braces. Your physical therapist can also start exercises to increase your dynamic ankle stability that will help decrease the frequency and severity of future ankle sprains.
I like to go for bike rides and have started having pain in my knee. What can I do?
Many people experience pain in their knees after long walks or bike rides. In many cases, the pain is caused by improper tracking of your knee cap as you bend and straighten your leg, causing rubbing and inflammation in your knee joint. Your physical therapist can help relieve the inflammation with modalities and an exercise program to re-educate the muscles. Manual taping techniques may also be utilized. If needed, your physical therapist can direct you to a brace to help with the knee cap tracking.
My shoulder is really hurting after playing catch this weekend. What should I do?
The pain in your shoulder is most likely caused from overuse of the specific muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Your physical therapist can help decrease your pain with modalities and improve the integrity of your rotator cuff with strengthening, dynamic stabilization, and endurance exercises.