Chronic pain can make even the most basic movements difficult. Over time, that loss of mobility can lead to muscle weaknesses, which puts even more stress on the body. Physical therapy is a way to reverse the effects of inactivity and help people become stronger.
Some patients with chronic pain experience significant improvement with ongoing physical therapy. While this type of treatment may be difficult for patients at first, physical therapy exercises become easier as patients regain strength.
Physical therapy is a common treatment for workplace injuries, sports injuries, and muscle strains and sprains. It’s especially effective in treating muscular disorders of the lower back. Following an injury, physical therapy can help patients avoid reinjuring the same muscles.
To develop a physical therapy plan, our therapists test patients’ range of motion, and the degree of discomfort they experience with motion. Physical therapy may be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. The therapy team then provides patients with a list of exercises to do on their own and schedules follow-up appointments to gauge how patients are progressing.
Physical therapy is often the first approach to treating chronic pain, and it may also be one part of an overall treatment strategy. It can help patients in their recovery from acute injuries, chronic conditions, and post-surgical pain. If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness, and impaired mobility, physical therapy may help you feel better.
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