What Problems Does Physical Therapy Resolve?

What Problems Does Physical Therapy Resolve?

More than 50 percent of American adults have a musculoskeletal injury each year that causes some degree of impairment for more than three months. Orthopedics and physical therapy work together to help you heal from musculoskeletal accidents or disease. 

Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offers physical therapy at our Collierville location, offering you convenience and saving you time from driving to therapy appointments. At our practice, you can have back-to-back doctor and therapy appointments, saving even more time. 

Physical therapy uses manual manipulation and equipment with both active and passive modalities to help you heal from your musculoskeletal injury or condition. Following are issues that physical therapy helps to resolve

Mobility and flexibility after injury or surgery 

Physical therapy helps you regain range of motion and flexibility in the wake of injuries from tennis or another sport, for example, or if you’re recovering from surgery. 

If you’ve had an injury such as tennis elbow, ACL repair, osteoarthritis in the knees, carpal tunnel in your wrist, or other musculoskeletal injury, you know how debilitating they can be. Your movement of the arm, leg, or other body part is seriously compromised. 

Our physical therapists use a variety of modalities to help you regain your range of motion. This helps avoid the formation of scar tissue, which can permanently impact your mobility and flexibility. 

Musculoskeletal pain

When you have musculoskeletal pain, the systems in your body are not in balance. One part of your body is affecting the other. 

For example, a pinched nerve may be the result of compression from a muscle or fascia, the lining that holds the muscles in place. When your therapist releases the fascia or muscle during a physical therapy session, your pain is reduced

Weakness/balance issues that heighten risk for injuries 

When you perform the exercises your therapist gives you, you’re restoring balance to your body’s systems. Making these exercises part of your normal routine helps you to prevent future injuries. 

If you live a sedentary lifestyle, your muscles are likely very weak, and you’re more at risk of injury because the muscles aren’t providing adequate support. You may suffer back pain; weak muscle support aggravates it. Performing strengthening exercises can alleviate your pain over the long term if you continue them. 

Older adults are at increased risk of a fall. Physical therapy helps improve your balance by strengthening your body’s muscles so that if you become unsteady, you’re able to right yourself instead of falling. 

Manage a chronic condition such as osteoarthritis 

As you age, you’re more at risk for osteoarthritis — wear and tear on your cartilage that protects your bones from rubbing together, as well as other degenerative conditions affecting your musculoskeletal system.

Physical therapy can help you reduce pain and manage other symptoms from conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.  

Call or book an appointment online with Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today for expert physical therapy treatment that gets you back in the game and helps restore quality of life. 

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