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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.

Vestibular rehab
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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2 thoughts on “Why is Physical therapy Important?”

  1. Thanks for letting me know that physical therapists can also help in addressing specific women’s health concerns. My sister is in her 7th month of pregnancy and it is getting harder to move around each day. She doesn’t want to be stuck in bed until her due date, so I guess I should find a therapist who can help her get her muscles and bones moving.

    1. Dear Zoe,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! We understand the toll pregnancy takes on the female body, especially closer to the due date. Here at Hands of Hope NYC we work with pregnant women pre-labour all the time to help them develop the strength and wellness they need after giving birth. Your sister can keep her normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, running, yoga, dancing, or even walking to the shops and back) for as long as she feels comfortable. As a general rule of thumb, she should be able to hold a conversation while she exercises. If she becomes breathless during exercise, this might be too strenuous. Bed rest is usually prescribed for pregnancies with complications, so she can start with 15-minute continuous exercise sessions, 3 days a week and eventually increase to 30 minutes, but please check with your Obstetrician–gynecologists for further advice.

      Please feel free to click on the “book now” button on the website and request an appointment for her, we can definitely help her do light exercise and stretching in line with her doctor’s recommendations and have a light regimen designed specifically for pregnant women.

      Remember exercise is not dangerous for her baby, in fact we highly recommend staying active, in fact there is recent evidence to suggest that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour! Here is a recent study published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists pointing to physical activity being safe and desirable during pregnancy:

      Study published April 2020 by committee members Meredith L. Birsner, MD; and Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc.
      : https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2020/04/physical-activity-and-exercise-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period#:~:text=exercises%20in%20pregnancy.-,Women%20with%20uncomplicated%20pregnancies%20should%20be%20encouraged%20to%20engage%20in,or%20imbalance%20should%20be%20avoided.

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