Blogs from April, 2023

Helping Patients Get Back on Their Feet Faster

Physical therapy focuses on restoring function after a traumatic event or surgery, emphasizing manual methods and movement correction techniques. It is a specialized form of treatment that utilizes various exercise and movement regimens to help heal physical injuries and assist in the management of chronic illnesses.

Your physical therapist will aim to help you restore your mobility, strength, range of motion, and function, in addition to reducing pain and swelling. Through this process of individualized rehabilitation, patients are able to recover faster and get back to their normal daily activities.

To learn more about speeding up healing through physical therapy, don’t hesitate to give our team a call at (732) 812-5200. Schedule your initial consultation today.

What Conditions Can Be Treated Through Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a versatile treatment option for a wide range of conditions. At ProFysio Physical Therapy, our team helps patients manage the following conditions and more:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions: These include joint pain (such as arthritis), muscle strains, ligament sprains, fractures, and postural issues. Physical therapy can strengthen weakened muscles, increase flexibility and mobility in joints, reduce swelling and inflammation, and ease chronic pain. In addition to musculoskeletal injuries, a physical therapist can also address wounds and provide specific wound care methods.
  • Neurological conditions: This includes rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Physical therapy focuses on improving balance and coordination, restoring muscle strength and range of motion, enhancing posture and gait patterns, as well as controlling spasticity. Your physical therapist may recommend spine rehabilitation for either neurological or musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Respiratory conditions: These include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and more. Physical therapy helps to improve lung function by increasing endurance and circulation of air throughout the lungs.
  • Cardiovascular conditions: This includes recovery from heart surgery or any other cardiovascular conditions or procedures, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease (CAD), bypass surgery, and more. Physical therapy helps improve cardio fitness by improving strength and aerobic capacity through exercise programs tailored to each patient's needs.
  • Geriatric care: This involves treatment for elderly people who need assistance with the natural decrease in physical functioning that comes with age. Physical therapists can provide advice on fall prevention techniques, promote healthy lifestyle habits that lessen the effects of aging on the body's systems, and develop an exercise program designed specifically for seniors.

The overarching goal of physical therapy is to help the patient reach their optimal health goals by developing an individualized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. Physical therapists use a variety of treatments, such as stretching, manipulating joints and muscles, and applying different types of pressure to affected areas.

Your physical therapist may also utilize heat or ice therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, EPAT, or other methods aimed at improving circulation and providing relief from pain. They will also assist in teaching proper body mechanics and movement patterns, in order to prevent further injury or re-injury.

How Long Will It Take Me to Heal?

Physical therapy can help your body heal from injuries and illnesses, but some areas may take longer than others. Your rate of healing will be dependent upon the severity of your condition. While the skin, muscles, and bones all have their own rates of healing time, the tendons and ligaments take the longest to repair themselves. Your physical therapist will give you a tentative idea of how long you will have to undergo treatments before regaining full function.

It is important to note that in addition to your physical therapy treatments, getting adequate sleep on a daily basis is also essential for recovery from illness and injury, as well as overall health. Without enough quality sleep, the body can't repair itself and maintain its optimal level of functioning. Making sure you get restful sleep each night will allow your body to recover properly while you rest.

Get Started on the Path Toward Recovery

Our physical therapists can help you get back on your feet faster. If you or a loved one is in need of physical therapy treatments, give us a call at (732) 812-5200 to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help you heal.