For some people, pain can be synonymous with another four-letter word — life. If you spend the majority of your day aching from joint and muscle pain, despite all your pain-relief efforts, it may seem like there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel.
However, there may be an avenue you haven’t tried, one that can make a big difference: physical therapy. PT is an effective treatment option that can relieve your pain, improve your mobility, and help restore maximum daily function.
But how do you know if you need physical therapy or if it will even be helpful? Well, there are a few signs.
Pain Medication Doesn’t Help
For some pain, an over-the-counter pain killer may help relieve your discomfort. However, if you find yourself taking more medication over time (with little improvement to your pain levels), you should look into more effective pain relief methods.
Your physical therapist can work with you to resolve the root problem of your pain, not just mask it as some medications do.
You Have Sustained an Injury
Did a seemingly harmless game of basketball result in a sprained ankle, or did a fall at work leave you with intense back pain? Pain caused by an injury rarely goes away on its own. On the contrary, ignoring the injury can have lasting negative effects on your health.
Dull pain will typically only get worse over time, while sharp pain can be a sign of a more serious injury, such as a sprain or pulled muscle. In these cases, the sooner you begin physical therapy, the sooner you will be able to get rid of the pain caused by those injuries. Additionally, physical therapy treatments can prevent you from needing invasive or surgical procedures to heal the injury.
You are Recovering from or Having Surgery
In the past, we’ve discussed how physical therapy before and after surgery can make a big difference in your comfort and mobility. Prehabilitation can better prepare your muscles for surgeries and make general recovery a bit easier. Rehabilitation after surgery can speed up your recovery as well as improve your mobility as time goes on.
You Have a Desk Job
A large number of those in the workforce find themselves sitting in the same (uncomfortable) position for more than eight hours a day. This lack of mobility can lead to a number of different issues such as muscle stiffness, neck and back pain, sciatica, and carpal tunnel. To combat these issues, and the pain they cause, see a physical therapist who can work with you to relieve your pain.
You’re an Athlete
Whether you’re some who simply likes going on a run every morning or you’re in a competitive sports league, athletes can always benefit from physical therapy. In fact, most coaches and athletic trainers encourage it to ensure their players stay in good condition.
PT helps teach you the proper way to keep your muscles loose and limber for your sport as well as strengthen those muscle to protect them from future injuries. Strength and conditioning physical therapy treatments also help improve your agility, making you a better overall athlete.
If you do happen to get injured, your physical therapist can work with you to repair the muscle and get you back on the field without the need for extensive or invasive surgery.
You Have Limited Mobility
Especially as we age, our muscles and joints can start to become tighter and more rigid, seriously inhibiting our range of motion. That can often make it difficult to do the seemingly-simplest of everyday tasks like moving around your home and cleaning.
Physical therapy can help relieve the effects of arthritis, improve your mobility, and restore your range of motion so you’re able to live the life you want to.
At ProFysio, our expert team offers a wide range of physical therapy services for those experiencing joint pain, movement disorders, decreased mobility, and more. ProFysio combines 1 on 1 individualized treatment with an unmatched customer care experience so that you can achieve maximum recovery and function.
To schedule an appointment with our team, give us a call today!