What is Physical Therapy

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You’ve heard about physical therapy – but you never thought you’d need it until now.  Perhaps you were involved in a serious auto accident, and you need to incorporate physical therapy into your recovery treatment.  Or perhaps you underwent a major surgery or operation, and your doctor insists on physical therapy as part of your rehabilitation and pain management.

No matter what the reason, it’s vital for you to understand what’s involved in physical therapy, and how it plays a crucial role in your eventual recovery.

At the heart of physical therapy is its ability to assess and evaluate the injured body parts, and developing a corrective plan to return them back to their normal functions.  Physical therapy is often recommended when ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints are injured.  These body parts need to be treated in order to recover from injuries, which is where physical therapy comes into play.  An experienced physical therapist will develop a treatment plan just for you which may include

  • Electrical stimulation-uses electrical pulses to promote muscle contractions which helps to relax muscle and decrease pain.
  • Ultrasound– uses soundwaves to creat heat and/or tissue vibration to loosen tight structures and improve mobility and decrease stiffness
  • Trigger point dry needling– uses acupuncture needles to disrupt tight/painful trigger points and restore the muscle to a more normal state, decreasing pain and stiffness
  • Manual therapy–  requires hands on treatment including massage and joint mobilizations which help improve fluid, tissue and joint mobility and decreases pain and stiffness.
  • Therapeutic exercises– which indludes specific stretches and strenghing exercises to promote improved function.
  • Taping– use of different types of tape and techniques to provide stability, stretch tissue, promote movement and decrease pain.

This plan is designed with your condition in mind to minimize your injuries and restore your function.

The main goal of physical therapy is to help the patient get back to their normal life.  By decreasing pain involved with the injury, improving mobility, and increasing the overall health of the patient, physical therapy can restore normalcy to an individual’s life faster than medication or surgery alone.

Another goal of physical therapy is to educate the patient on what’s necessary to keep their body strong and mobile. By showing the patient detailed exercises and stretches as well as educating them on proper posture and positioning, the physical therapist teaches the client independence, as these are exercises and techniques he or she will be able to perform long after the physical therapy sessions are over.

At Eagle Physical Therapy and Wellness, we specialize in treating our patients with the care and attention they deserve by providing one on one care.  We believe that we’re more than just a physical therapy service – we’re a health and wellness service that’s dedicated to helping you live your best life yet.  By emphasizing health and wellness in all our programs, we help our clients live lifestyles that promote optimized healing and recovery.  After all, ideal physical therapy lasts long after the sessions are over – and at Eagle Physical Therapy and Wellness, we show our clients how to continue leading pain-free, fulfilling lives.

If you’re experiencing pain after an auto accident, sports injury, or after spending too many hours on the job, contact Eagle Physical Therapy today.  Similarly, we assist in post-surgical recoveries, so turn to us for premier rehabilitation services after your surgery.