How Physical Therapy Can Help In Pain Relief?

How Physical Therapy Can Help In Pain Relief?

Understanding Pain

Pain is an unpleasant experience that affects an individual physically, emotionally and is almost always debilitating. Pain usually stems from an injury, tissue damage or neurological dysfunction. No two people experience pain in the same manner. This variation in pain makes it sometimes difficult and challenging to treat. Pain is usually of two types

  • Acute- this is short lived and usually disappears.
  • Chronic-this type of pain lasts for a longer duration and usually affects mobility.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy or physiotherapy is a care provided that aids in pain management and helps to make daily life easy by improving function and movement and simultaneously promoting fitness and overall health. It is mostly a holistic approach to pain management that helps an individual live better. Physiotherapy is usually recommended by a doctor if an injury or chronic pain is making daily tasks difficult to perform.

Physical Therapists help with both prevention, rehabilitation and improving lifestyle in patients who have experienced an injury from accidents, chronic pain, joint immobility, sports injuries, back and neck pain, tendon and ligament issues.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps treat a variety of health problems and people of all ages benefit from it. It is usually helpful in the following

1.Pain Management: – Physiotherapy helps in chronic pain management caused by certain conditions like arthritis, sports injuries, back pain and are also advised by doctors’ post-surgery. Physiotherapy improves joint mobility and reduces pain by incorporating certain treatments like tapping ultrasound and electric stimulation. It is very effective in chronic painful conditions making it an effective long-term solution. Some common symptoms that can be treated by Physiotherapy

  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Immobility and tightness
  • Carpel tunnel

2.Improved Mobility: – Physical therapy is very effective in improving the mobility of the joints, alleviating pain, promote healing and enhance overall physical function with the help of stretching and strengthening exercises. 

3. Injury Prevention: –  A Physical Therapist is aware how sports can increase the chances of getting injuries like ligament and tendon tear, fractures, golfers elbow and more. Injuries related to sports can be prevented by making a personalized exercise plan to help improve the overall strength of the body, enhance blood circulation and improve flexibility.

4. Improving Posture: – Improper posture can result in chronic pain in the muscles and joints. A well-trained Physical Therapist can help figure out the problems in the posture and help in rectifying the issue by helping with posture alignments.

5. Avoid Surgery: – Some pain and immobility caused by chronic conditions may need surgery, If Physical Therapy alone can help relieve pain or help damage caused by an injury then surgery can be completely avoided, the risk and cost of surgery will not be needed. Sometimes when surgery cannot be avoided then the doctor recommends post-surgery physiotherapy for recovery. Some cases where Physiotherapy has been effective instead of surgery are

  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc diseases

6. Old Age: – as a person gets older, the joints tend to become weaker and sorer. This makes the older adults more prone to accidental falls, imbalance, need for joint replacements, arthritic changes in the joints. A Physical Therapist can help patients recover by formulating strengthening exercises and joint mobilization techniques.

7. Management Of Neurological Disorders: – Physical Therapy has proven to be extremely beneficial in conditions such as

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neurological disorders
  • Stroke

With the help of exercises, rehabilitation and education patients have been successful in regaining movement and function to perform activities.

Assessment and diagnosis of common conditions

A Physical Therapist can treat a wide range of common conditions such as arthritis, vertigo, carpel tunnel syndrome, back pain, headaches, muscular dystrophy osteoporosis and many more by following the following steps

Assess

This involves taking the patients health history, nature of pain, mobility, neurological and cardiopulmonary status to determine the level of difficulty in functioning physically.

Diagnose

Depending on the initial assessment the Physical Therapist can determine the problem, its source and come to a diagnosis of the problem. Some common

Treatment

Once the diagnosis and source are established, the physiotherapist develops an individualized treatment plan that best suits the patients’ needs to help restore the physical function as much as possible. The progress is regularly measured and if necessary, changes are made to the treatment plan. The treatments offered by the physiotherapists include

  • Exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Electric modalities
  • Hydrotherapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy

This type of Physical Therapy is recommended by doctors to treat urinary incontinence, post vaginal delivery, pain in pelvis and sexual dysfunction. Each situation would require a different form of physical therapy which will improve the pelvic floor health. Pelvic Floor Therapy is beneficial especially for women who suffer from urine leaks upon coughing, sneezing, laughing or performing activities.

Pelvic Floor Therapy would require a Physiotherapist to take the complete medical history to learn about any conditions, medications, diet, sexual history and then conduct a pelvic exam to evaluate the strength of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Based on the examination a treatment plan which involves the internal manipulation of the pelvic floor by the therapist and certain exercises to be done by the patient are recommended for a period of 6-8 weeks. Many women experience an improvement after just a couple of sessions with Pelvic Floor Therapy while others may require less frequent sessions.

FAQS

What Is a Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy involves the use of the therapists’ hands for physiotherapy rather than machines. Manual therapy is useful to manipulate soft tissues and joints, control pain, reduce soft tissue swelling. Manual therapies are of different types depending upon the type of conditions they are used to treat. The types of Manual Therapies are

  • Chiropractic Therapy
  • Massage

Is Physical Therapy Covered by Insurance?

YES! Most of the insurance companies cover medically necessary physical therapy services that are provided by a licensed Physical Therapist. Before scheduling a physiotherapy session, it is important to enquire if the physical therapist is licensed, insurance coverage varies with which procedures the provider will cover.

Is Physiotherapy Painful?

A person may experience discomfort during or after the treatment. Soreness may be present for the first few days; this could be because you are using muscles that have not been in function for a long time by stretching or mobilizing joints. The pain usually disappears in a short time. If the pain persists or seems to be getting worse, one must consult their physiotherapist.

Physical Therapy At INPC

At INPC we are committed to stand out when setting standards in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, providing effective and compassionate care. Our mission is to help individuals obtain a long-lasting improvement in their physical health. We treat a wide range of conditions like chronic pains, muscle strains and sprains and injuries. Our Highly Experienced therapists employ a variety of individualized treatments that are exercise based, manual or others, thus giving us the ability to address your problem the best way possible. Call us today to begin your journey to improve and enhance your health.

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