What patients gain in physical therapy

Whether you are recovering from orthopedic surgery, suffering from joint pain, or recovering from a car accident, physical therapy could make a dramatic difference in your health. There are a number of benefits to going to physical therapy, which is why patients with so many different needs attend. If your physician refers you for physical therapy, and you are not sure you should invest the time, here is a look at some of the things you can expect to gain.

Pain-free movement
Is joint or muscle pain holding you back from doing the things you love? If so, physical therapy can help. During therapy, you will strengthen the muscles in the areas in which you are feeling discomfort, so that they offer better support to you as you move.

For people dealing with chronic pain, physical therapy can reduce or even eliminate the need for pain medication, which helps patients avoid side effects and the danger of becoming addicted.

Role in your recovery
Being a patient can be a frustratingly passive experience, except in physical therapy. When you are in physical therapy, you get to take an active role in your recovery as you work collaboratively with your therapist.

Your physical therapist will work with you to set goals and objectives for your treatment and to design a plan that works for you. When you are dealing with medical issues that feel out of your hands, physical therapy can help you to take some of that control back.

Recovery without surgery
In some cases, physical therapy can help patients avoid surgery. If you enter therapy early enough in the progression of your condition, physical therapy can prevent it from getting worse, so you can get better without surgery.

Physical therapy has been demonstrated to be as effective as surgery for some conditions, including osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and rotator cuff tears.

Talk to your orthopedic surgeon or other healthcare provider at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center to see if physical therapy could be right for you. For more information about the services at our hospital in Las Vegas, call (702) 916-5023.

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