Why Choose Physical Therapy?

Why Choose Physical Therapy?

What do physical therapists do? Physical therapists are trained in the science of human movement. Physical therapy involves strengthening, stretching, and manual therapy, but it also involves studying movement patterns to determine why someone is having pain. Your physical therapist will analyze how you move to not only help reduce your pain, but address its cause. You may be familiar with physical therapy after surgery, but physical therapists can also help with:  

1.General Rehabilitation Whether you’ve had a new injury or are dealing with chronic aches and pains, PT could be right for you. A few sports-related injuries that are commonly treated with PT:

-Shoulder pain (rotator cuff tendinopathy, impingement, and labral tears are common in overhead athletes)

-Knee pain (patellar tendonitis, meniscus injuries, and arthritis)

-Calf, ankle, and foot pain (Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis) 

-Wrist pain (tendinopathy, joint pain)

-Low back pain (including disc herniations)

-Hip pain (labral tears, impingement) 

2.Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Whether you’ve recently had surgery or are ready to return to sports after a previous surgery, physical therapy can help by:

-Following physician-prescribed protocols for return to sport after surgeries such as: ACL repair, knee arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, and labral repair 

-Modifying and grading return to sport with a safe, individualized program to ensure a smooth transition back to normal activities

3.Biomechanical Evaluation and Injury Prevention

-Even if you aren’t injured, a physical therapist can help. PTs are trained in movement analysis and movement dysfunction, and can help you identify muscle imbalances and areas where your form breaks down to prevent injuries before they occur.  

-Wellness physical therapy and injury prevention includes specific, individualized conditioning, strengthening, and stretching programs and biomechanical analysis/evaluation to identify flawed movement patterns and muscle imbalances.

4.Postpartum Strengthening/Stabilization

-Physical therapy can help restore core, pelvic, and hip stability and strength after pregnancy and childbirth. Over the course of pregnancy, women naturally undergo hormonal and physical changes that result in the loosening of ligaments around the pelvis, as well as decreased core strength. This can lead to back pain, hip pain, and pelvic pain, including urinary incontinence with exercise, both during and after pregnancy. 

-Physical therapy can help restore strength and stability for return to fitness activities with reduced pain and improved comfort. 

Kate Blankshain PT, DPT 

 

 

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