Physical therapy provides a means to help heal the body and restore its ability to move or function properly. It can help anyone who has been injured, undergone surgery, or is experiencing physical disability brought on by age or illness. The U.S. Department of Labor lists the benefits of physical therapy as:
- Enhancing mobility
- Reducing pain
- Preventing disability
- Restoring body function
Through prescribed exercise routines, hands-on sessions, or the use of medical devices, a trained physical therapist will assist you in regaining abilities impaired by your injury, operation, disability or illness.
Use Professional Physical Therapists
Physical therapy may greatly assist in recovery, and when range of movement is threatened, it can be quite important. Attempting to perform these procedures on your own or based on the counsel of non-professionals may not be advisable. Individuals trained in physical therapy will be familiar with the pace of recovery and what exercises or other therapies may be beneficial to you.
Physical Therapy for Injuries
Whether you have suffered a sports injury, an automobile accident or a fall, your situation has created a need for recovery. After medical professionals have delivered the primary care required, the body must heal. Physical therapy can help you to regain range of motion and reduce pain. Kidshealth.org tells us that learning how to prevent further injuries is an additional benefit of professional physical therapy.
Physical Therapy after an Illness
Physical therapy can also assist you if you have lost the ability to function properly through illness or disease. Stroke, heart attack or other major events can require the need to recover at a measured pace. Allowing a trained professional to assist you may greatly reduce the risk of overexertion.
Post-Operation Physical Therapy
After an operation, it can often be beneficial to receive physical therapy to help you recover. Repairs of the spine or joints may prevent you from moving as freely as you are accustomed. A physical therapist can recommend the correct pace for increasing range of movement. A variety of devices to help you recover may also be available when you are receiving professional help.
October is National Physical Therapy Month. If you are concerned about your abilities after an injury or other medical condition, or if you are losing mobility as a result of aging, you should talk to your physician about how physical therapy may help you.
Have questions? The team at St. Lucie Medical Center has answers. Our Physical Rehabilitation team offers a variety of services that may be beneficial for you. Visit us online or call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8345 for a physician referral.