Common Physical Therapy Conditions
Physical therapy can be a highly effective intervention for a variety of aches, pains, and conditions. But it’s important to know when physical therapy is indicated. The following are some of the most common physical therapy conditions for which patients seek treatment:
- An injury. If a recent injury has made it difficult to complete your normal daily activities, you may need physical therapy to promote healing and prevent further injury. Recent injuries are one of the most common reasons patients need physical therapy.
- A flare up. If you were injured in the past, you may experience “flare ups” or exacerbation of your injury, which is characterized by limited range of motion or pain. If an old injury is causing new pain or stiffness, physical therapy may be just what the doctor ordered.
- Pain. If you’re experiencing neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain, routine physical therapy appointments may be able to alleviate your pain and identify and address any underlying condition. Your physical therapist will work closely with your doctor to ensure all possible culprits are addressed.
- A pinched nerve. Pinched nerves can cause severe pain and make daily activities – and even sleeping – nearly impossible. Physical therapists are able to intervene to alleviate pressure from the nerve and resolve the problem over just a few session of physical therapy.
- Health conditions. Some health conditions can result in joint and muscle stiffness that can be managed by periodic physical therapy sessions. If your doctor has recommended physical therapy for complications of a medical condition, it is best to follow those orders to regain and maintain mobility and function.
- Surgery. Physical therapy is indicated after many surgeries, like back surgery, joint replacement, or tendon, ligament, or muscle repair. Physical therapy is critical after these surgeries to ensure the muscle heals completely and scar tissue does not develop. The physical therapist can also help you determine when it is safe to resume certain tasks and return to work.
At Santé, our physical therapists are highly qualified to treat all of these physical therapy conditions and more. Contact a Santé location near you to learn more about how we can help you.