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Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy can help you do much more rehabilitate an injury. There are many benefits to seeking treatment with an experienced professional:

Reduce or eliminate pain. 

Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilization or myofascial therapy can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function to reduce pain. Such therapies can also prevent pain from returning.
 

Avoid surgery.

If physical therapy helps you eliminate pain or heal from an injury, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is required, you may benefit from pre-surgery physical therapy. If you are going into a surgery stronger and in better shape, you will recover faster afterwards in many cases. Also, by avoiding surgery, health care costs are reduced.
 

Improve mobility. 

If you’re having trouble standing, walking or moving—no matter your age—physical therapy can help. Stretching and strengthening exercises help restore your ability to move. By customizing an individual care plan, whatever activity that is important to an individual’s life can be practiced and adapted to ensure maximal performance and safety.
 

Recover from or prevent a sports injury. 

Physical therapists understand how different sports can increase your risk for specific types of injuries (such as stress fractures for distance runners). They can design appropriate recovery or prevention exercise programs for you to ensure a safe return to your sport.
 

Improve your balance and prevent falls.

When you begin physical therapy, you will get screened for fall risk. If you’re at high risk for falls, therapists will provide exercises that safely and carefully challenge your balance as a way to mimic real-life situations. Therapists also help you with exercises to improve coordination

Manage age-related issues.

As individuals age, they may develop arthritis or osteoporosis or need a joint replacement. Physical therapists are experts in helping patients recover from joint replacement, and manage arthritic or osteoporotic conditions conservatively.

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