One of the excuses people often make to avoid having physical therapy (PT) following an injury or surgical procedure is the fear that exerting themselves will only result in further pain and injury.
However, that fear is unnecessary for several reasons.
Your Physical Therapist Wants to Reduce Your Pain, Not Make It Worse
For one thing, the notion that PT (facetiously referred to by some as “pain and torture”!) is going to hurt you is unfounded. A good physical therapist will never cause pain to your muscles and joints, only stretching and mobility exercises. If you do feel any pain during your therapy session, your therapist will tell you to stop and rest.
The primary goal of physical therapy is to restore your mobility and functionality and to minimize – if not eliminate – your pain, enabling you to get back to leading an active lifestyle. That goal cannot be achieved if you are subjected to exercises that run the risk of aggravating an injury.
Instead, your physical therapist will assess your condition and will focus on providing treatment for the underlying source of your pain. Your pain may be caused by arthritis, or the result of major surgery, or sports or work-related injury.
Whatever the condition, there are relatively painless therapeutic exercises aimed at healing and/or strengthening your muscles and joints so you can feel better.
Physical Therapy Exercises Will Be Low-Impact
Physical therapy may include low-impact water therapy designed to work muscles in a pool or whirlpool. Or it might include regular exercises or strength training. In either case, you’re working with a trained pain specialist who can teach you the right way to exercise to alleviate your pain – not increase it.
Qualified physical therapists are specially trained experts in the way the body moves. They strive to help people of all ages and abilities reduce their pain and improve function and mobility – and they know what will challenge your joints and muscles without hurting you.
Your Physical Therapy Will Be Geared to Your Own Body
Another thing to realize about physical therapy is that what works for one patient may not work for another. That’s why it is customized to your specific needs with treatment that your therapist and doctor agree is right for you.
Contact a Physical Therapist in Austin, TX
Regardless of one’s apprehension, many orthopedic conditions and injuries require physical therapy to achieve the most positive outcomes. If your doctor or surgeon is prescribing physical therapy for you, then you should entrust your rehabilitation and recovery to the best physical therapists.
At Endeavor Rehab Center in Austin, Texas, we offer a comprehensive range of outpatient physical therapy that promotes wellness and recovery from chronic pain and injury. Using the latest technology available, along with proven techniques, our experienced therapists use a multidisciplinary approach to pain management to treat injuries and conditions that do not require surgery.
- Spine – Low back pain, neck pain, spinal disc injuries, sciatica, and compression fractures
- Knee – ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL injuries, meniscus injuries, kneecap problems, and post-total knee replacement pain
- Hip – Arthritis, hip fractures, and post-total hip replacement
- Shoulder – Tendonitis, impingement, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, acromioclavicular injuries
- Ankle/Foot – Sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendon injuries, and post-bunionectomy
With our broad range of care at Endeavor Rehab Center, patients experience positive outcomes and less recovery time.
To learn more about how our physical therapy services can help you, call Endeavor Rehab Center today at (512) 284-7192. You can also request an appointment online. Our mission is to provide exceptional care to reduce your pain so that you can improve your level of function and get back to enjoying your life.