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What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is the branch of health care that focuses on evaluating and treating abnormal musculoskeletal function related to an injury or medical condition. The goal of physical therapy is to make daily activities, like walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of bed, easier for you.

The licensed physical therapists at Southern Oregon Orthopedics prescribe an individualized treatment program to help you achieve your specific movement goals.

When would I need physical therapy?

There are many reasons people need physical therapy. It’s common for people to get physical therapy when they’re recovering from an injury or an orthopedic surgery like joint replacement. Additionally, physical therapy can help manage long-term conditions like arthritis.

What does physical therapy involve?

At Southern Oregon Orthopedics, physical therapy involves a combination of patient education, manual therapy, and exercises and techniques. Your physical therapist develops a personalized program that may include:

Stretching exercises

Surgery, injuries, and conditions like arthritis can cause stiffness and inflammation that restrict your movement. Your physical therapist guides you through specific stretches that enhance your flexibility and range of motion.

Core strengthening and stability exercises

A strong core, which includes your pelvis and lower back, is essential to support your body and prevent injuries.

Ice and heat

Applying cold or heat to your muscles can stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling. Your physical therapist recommends the best treatment for your needs.

Movement analysis and muscle retraining

Your therapist observes you performing the movements that cause pain. This helps them diagnose any imbalances. Through muscle retraining, they teach you how to use the correct muscles to decrease pain.

Manual therapy

Also called hands-on therapy, manual therapy helps mobilize your joints and loosen soft tissue that is restricting your movement.

Shock Wave Therapy

This innovative approach uses the power of low-energy shock waves to help relieve pain from conditions like ten and golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, heel and Achilles tendon pain, trigger points and chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. Many patients experience pain relief or reduction after only 1 or 2 sessions.

What should I expect from physical therapy?

First, your physical therapist performs a comprehensive evaluation. They discuss your symptoms and medical history and assess your movement and physical functioning.

Then, they create a customized physical therapy plan focused on your unique goals. The number of physical therapy sessions varies from person to person.

Physical therapy may cause mild soreness or swelling. If you have any concerns about your treatment, talk to your physical therapist and they can make the necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

For the highest degree of patient-centered care in physical therapy, call Southern Oregon Orthopedics or request an appointment online today.

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