Physical therapy is an on-going process of helping your body heal and regain strength. It’s important that you spend time with a physical therapist who has advanced training with your injury or chronic condition. At Baltimore’s and Roland Park Advanced Medical Center, you work with a team of practitioners who help you recover, so you may even come out stronger and healthier than you were in the first place. This modern integrated medical clinic has everything you need to make your physical therapy session a complete success. Get started by booking your consultation online, or calling the office today.
When you start physical therapy, you’re on the road to recovery. Physical therapy is about restoring joint mobility, gaining muscle strength, and improving flexibility. While men and women who go through orthopedic surgeries or injuries often are referred to physical therapy, it’s helpful for other reasons, too.
For instance, if you have chronic arthritis, physical therapy can help. By moving your joints and getting blood flowing, your arthritis pain is more likely to decrease. Chronic back pain, migraine, and fibromyalgia sufferers all can benefit from physical therapy to minimize inflammation, lessen pain, and increase physical activity.
Physical therapy isn’t as simple as picking up some weights and working out when you need to recover. Your physical therapist has extensive training and education in sports injuries, arthritis, whiplash, bone fractures, ligament, and tendon damage, and so much more. They understand your condition thoroughly and designs a custom program to help you heal. You learn exercises and precise movements that are safe for you to do, while a medical professional observes you to make sure you have proper form.
While your physical therapy plan most likely consists of lots of stretching, weight lifting, and mobility exercises, it’s also combined with healing soft tissue treatments. Your physical therapist ends your sessions with ice or heat packs, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or other healing treatment. It’s typical to be a little stiff and sore — you did just work out and pushed your body to the limit, after all — but your physical therapy visits shouldn’t cause you any pain.
The length of time you need physical therapy depends on your injury and how quickly you heal. It’s common for patients to come to physical therapy two to three times weekly. For post-op physical therapy, or therapy after a major injury, you could be coming in for four to six months, or longer. With minor injuries, it’s possible to finish up your physical therapy sessions within a couple of months, as long as you’re coming regularly.
Your recovery also depends on how much effort you put into it. With each session, you get exercises to do at home. So even when you’re not face to face with your physical therapist, you should be working on your strengthening exercises.