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Why is Physical therapy Important?

Physical therapy is an important component of orthopedic treatment. In fact, it is often one of the first steps in addressing an injury.

Physical therapy is educational to you. It is an opportunity to learn about your own body and to identify movement patterns that are associated with your injury.

Today we’re discussing why you should start physical therapy.
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Prevent
Injuries:

Physical therapists understand how different sports can increase your risk for specific types of injuries (such as stress fractures for distance runners). They can design appropriate prevention exercise programs for you to ensure a safe practice to your sport.

formation of scar tissue:

After an injury or surgery, it is natural for scar tissue to form; however, it is important to prevent the build-up of this scar tissue because this tissue can cause pain and tightness. Physical therapists use stretching and other manual techniques to prevent this build-up and ensure that the formation of scar tissue does not impede rehabilitation.

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Treat
faulty movement patterns:

Most patients think they know how to move properly—until they start physical therapy. Physical therapists are trained to identify deficiencies in the biomechanics of the body. Often, physical therapists can target specific areas of weakness or improper alignment.

formation of scar tissue:

After an injury or surgery, it is natural for scar tissue to form; however, it is important to prevent the build-up of this scar tissue because this tissue can cause pain and tightness. Physical therapists use stretching and other manual techniques to prevent this build-up and ensure that the formation of scar tissue does not impede rehabilitation.

tight muscles and joints:

Stretching is important for maintaining flexibility and range of motion. Your physical therapist will design an appropriate stretching regimen for you.

Improve
overall strength and mobility and balance:

If you’re having trouble standing, walking or moving—no matter your age—physical therapy can help. Stretching and strengthening exercises help restore your ability to move, restore proper vestibular functioning, and reduce and eliminate symptoms of dizziness or vertigo.

Women’s health:

Women have specific health concerns, such as with pregnancy and post-partum care. Physical therapists can offer specialized management of issues related to women’s health. Additionally, PT can provide specialized treatment for:  Bowel incontinence, breast cancer, constipation, fibromyalgia, lymphedema, male pelvic health, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence.

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