The Many Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a great way to help you recover more efficiently and faster from an injury or surgery, so you can get back your usual activities.

As an experienced spine surgeon, Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, often recommends physical therapy to help his patients recover from spine surgery.

Dr. Bo might also suggest you participate in physical therapy for a number of painful ailments including neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. Physical therapy can reduce your symptoms and might also help you avoid surgery.

All about physical therapy

Physical therapy involves exercises and sometimes manual manipulations of your joints and muscles to restore function and mobility.

As you work with a physical therapist, you participate in a variety of exercises and movements on your own and with your therapist’s help. You also learn exercises you can do at home to keep you flexible and help your body heal from the inside out.

Your therapist might also use other therapeutic, noninvasive therapies like ultrasound and electrical stimulation to relieve pain and increase your overall function.

You may only need to participate in therapy for a brief period of time or you might benefit from ongoing sessions of physical therapy to keep your body in optimal condition. Your therapist will customize a program to your needs and the progress of your recovery.

The many benefits of physical therapy

Physical therapy offers benefits you might not even realize you need. Some of the biggest benefits of physical therapy include:

Treats multiple conditions

In addition to treating injuries and boosting your post surgical recovery process, physical therapy can also be beneficial in your treatment of many different kinds of medical conditions including:

If you have degenerative diseases like arthritis or neuropathic pain, physical therapy can restore your joint function and slow down the progression of the disease.

Works as a natural pain reliever

Working through your physical therapy sessions and doing at-home exercises can increase your strength and reduce your pain naturally.

In fact, many times, people are able to reduce their reliance on pain medications by staying engaged with their physical therapy program.

Reduce your need for surgery

Physical therapy can help you better manage your pain as your injury continues healing. Depending on your specific condition, you might be able to prolong or avoid surgery altogether by participating in a physical therapy program.

Lower your risk for sports injuries

If you play sports, a physical therapy program can help reduce your risk for stress fractures, muscle sprains and strains, and other common sports-related injuries.

Your physical therapist can also help you improve your performance in a chosen sport by recommending exercises that build up your strength and stamina.

Fall prevention benefits

Elderly people and others at a high risk for falls can benefit from physical therapy sessions. Your therapist can help you practice balance exercises and therapies that improve your coordination, so you can reduce your fall risk and still stay physically active.

If you’re recovering from an injury or spine surgery, Dr. Bo can refer you to a nearby physical therapist as part of your rehabilitation. Find out how you can benefit from physical therapy by calling The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care or by booking a consultation online today.

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