Physical therapy is an extremely beneficial kind of treatment that offers solutions to many of the most common types of pain. The problem? Most people don’t realize the benefits of physical therapy, or even know that the pain they’re experiencing can be alleviated by seeing a physical therapist!
Read the list below. If you’re experiencing any of these common symptoms, it might be time to see a physical therapist and learn the best ways to relieve your aches and pains.
1. Do you experience neck pain?
It’s common for neck pain to develop after sports-related injuries or auto accidents, but also as a result of bad posture — including the posture you have while you’re asleep! Neck pain can be hard to live with and treat, but make sure you don’t attempt to do it on your own. Seeing an experienced physical therapist who can help you find the source of your neck pain could be your ticket to a pain-free life.
2. Do you experience back pain?
Another common cause of pain in American adults is back pain. Too many people struggle with it and aren’t doing anything about it. There’s been an increase in the amount of people dealing with back pain as well, which can be blamed on all sorts of different factors, from rising obesity rates to working in jobs that don’t allow for much upright movement. Physical therapy can help to ease the cause of your back pain and to relieve tension in your back, thereby reducing the amount of pain you feel.
3. Do you experience joint pain?
The best way to deal with joint pain is to see a physical therapist. Joint pain can develop as a result of arthritis. Your joints aren’t something that you can ignore if they’re causing you pain, and in most cases, attempting to rely on another part of your body to reduce pain (for example, putting more weight on one leg than the other when you walk) will only lead you to experience even more pain in other areas.
4. Do you suffer from headaches?
Headaches are yet another complaint that can be addressed with physical therapy treatment. Chronic headaches can be a sign of tension in the neck and back. Working with a licensed physical therapist on targeted stretching and massage therapy can help reduce the amount and severity of the headaches you experience.
5. Are you having difficult or limited mobility?
There are multiple reasons why someone might experience limited mobility, or become unable to move as well as they could in the past. Stroke victims often find themselves unable to walk with the same gait or speed that they used to, and even after their pain is gone, they might still struggle to move.
People who receive sports related injuries are often liable to having a limited range of motion as well, which is especially true following surgical repair of muscle tendons and/or tissue. Physical therapy can help them retrain their bodies for normal, everyday movement.
So, What Now?
The list of aches and pains that can be relieved with a good physical therapy treatment plan is endless. Whether you have lasting pain from a car accident, work-related incident, or a sports injury, it may be time to consult with a physical therapist about the best ways to go about managing your pain. Contact our office to set up a consultation and get back to living a pain-free life.