The Power of Physical Therapy: Why It’s A Necessary Step on Your Healing Journey

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Physical Therapy: An Effective Method for Pain Relief

Physical therapy is a common method used to help individuals improve from their baseline levels of pain. This type of therapy involves assessing a patient's pain and symptoms, as well as observing and seeking to improve their movement and functional abilities. The patient is then given a treatment plan in order to help them reach their goals and recover over time.

The History of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy originated in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the United States, physical therapy was mainly used to observe and evaluate the functioning muscles in people affected by polio. During this time period, soldiers also went through physical therapy and rehabilitation to recover from head injuries, amputated limbs, and spinal cord injuries.

Today, physical therapy continues to evolve and adapt to the needs of patients, providing a wide range of treatment options to help them recover from injuries and improve their quality of life. Despite its long history and the many medical advances seen since its origin, physical therapy remains an important and effective tool for pain relief and recovery.

Types of Physical Therapy Treatment

Physical therapy can be divided into different types of treatment, including: 

  • Orthopedic: This form of physical therapy includes bones, ligaments, and tendons and treatments such as strength training and mobility training. 
  • Wound Care: This form of physical therapy involves the healing of a wound by improving blood circulation. Healing is promoted by providing the target region with the necessary amounts of oxygen and healing agents delivered via the circulatory system. 
  • Vestibular: This form of physical therapy targets chronic problems of the inner ear in order to help patients regain their balance. 
  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary: This form of physical therapy can benefit people who require surgical procedures. It can also improve one’s endurance and stamina. 
  • Neurological: This form of physical therapy can help stroke victims, individuals with brain injuries, and those afflicted by conditions such as Alzheimer's and cerebral palsy. These treatments seek to improve movement patterns and strength.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has proven to be an effective and positive recovery method for an array of injuries and deficiencies. It can help a patient's healing journey by teaching them how to properly move and perform certain actions, thereby speeding up their recovery process. This can be especially helpful for people who have lost the quality of their life, as well as newborns with disabilities that hinder normal development. Physical therapy comes in a variety of forms, allowing patients to choose the type of therapy that is best for their specific needs. Additionally, therapists can specialize in a certain type of treatment in order to provide the best possible care. 

Integrating physical therapy into your pain relief journey may be the right next step. Book your consultation with Dr. Matthew Kohler today to find out if that's the case!

Written by: Shipra Selvan

Edited By: Camden Rowe

This content was edited in-part using OpenAI's ChatGPT and reviewed, further edited, and approved for publication by Ospina Medical's blog manager. 

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