If you’ve been injured or have certain conditions, your doctor may recommend physical therapy in order to restore movement and reduce the pain you’re in. In other cases, they may recommend physical therapy as a preventative measure. Either way, you always have the option to say no or to stop physical therapy after a few sessions. However, while that may be the case, there are many reasons why you should do physical therapy.
It Reduces Pain
You shouldn’t have to live life with pain, nor should you have to take medication every day. Physical therapy may be an alternative to surgery that can reduce or even completely eliminate the pain you’re in. If you don’t follow through with the therapy, though, you may find that the pain returns or never fully vanishes.
It Reduces Recovery Time
While physical therapy can help you avoid surgery, there may be some cases where it’s not fully effective. Even if you do need surgery, the physical therapy has strengthened that part of your body. You’re going into surgery in a better position that you would have otherwise. This can reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from the procedure.
Prevent Injuries from Overworked Muscles and Joints
If you have a physically demanding job or are an athlete, you put your body under serious strain regularly. There are some physical therapy exercises that are designed to help protect your body by preventing injury. Runners, for instance, can benefit from physical therapy exercises designed to help strengthen their legs or relax their muscles after practice.
Prevent Age-Related Pain
As you age, your body begins to break down. You may develop a number of different age-related conditions that are painful. There are some physical therapy options that will help you avoid joint pain, arthritis, and other conditions. While you may still suffer from these ailments, the pain and movement restrictions may not be as bad. Physical therapy can also help with medical conditions such as diabetes.
Are you living with chronic pain? If so, it’s time to become pain-free. Contact Maximum Orthopedics today to discuss how physical therapy could help you.
Posted on: Jan 31 2020
There are many different injuries that affect the knee, ankle, and foot. Because all three parts of the body are put under a good amount of stress every day as you walk and stand, it’s not uncommon to experience a number of knee, ankle, and foot injuries throughout your life. Some may heal on their own, but others may require orthopedic surgery. Here are a few of the most common injuries for each.
One of the most common injuries is a knee dislocation. This occurs when the bones move out of place. You can dislocate your knee from doing something as simple as falling. Many athletes also suffer from knee dislocations.
Another common injury is bursitis. This occurs when the bursae, small sacs in the joint that help with cushioning the knee and with the movement of the ligaments, become inflamed. Generally, bursitis isn’t series and can be treated with rest.
Patellar tendinitis is another issue. It occurs when the tendon between the shinbone and kneecap is injured.
Spraining your ankle is a fairly common injury that many people experience. Fortunately, it’s also usually not serious. It occurs when the ligaments in the ankle are stretched a little too far. Usually, resting and icing the area is all that’s necessary, but if the ligaments actually tear, you may need additional treatment.
Fracturing your ankle is another condition that can easily happen if you step in a hole, fall down stairs, or otherwise damage your ankle. The bones holding the ankle to the leg can fracture or even break. This often takes a number of weeks to heal.
Finally, you can injure your foot by falling, dropping something on it, or being in an accident. Stress fractures are a common foot injury that results in microscopic cracks in the bones of the foot. These fractures are caused by repetitive impacts on the foot. Fortunately, they aren’t as painful or as serious as a fractured ankle, but the damage can add up over time. If you don’t take the time to let your body heal between exercising, long distance running, or other physical activities that place stress on your feet, these fractures can become worse.
If you have injured your knee, ankle, or foot, don’t put off seeking medical treatment. The injury could become worse and result in permanent damage. Contact Maximum Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment so we can diagnose the injury and treat it.
Posted on: Jan 15 2020