What Physical Therapy Can Do For You

Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed health care professionals who can help you reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. PTs can teach you how to prevent or manage your condition so that you will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Physical therapy is a fantastic treatment option for those suffering from acute or persistent pain. October is National Physical Therapy month and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will carry on raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain. At Twin Cities Pain Clinic (TCPC), we incorporate physical therapy as an option of treatment for our patients.

We are happy to offer in-house physical therapy options. Our physical therapist, Maureen Henderson, specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Maureen has been with TCPC for over a decade. She is highly trained in physical therapy for pain management as well as postural restoration. Maureen collaborates with our pain management providers to coordinate a plan of care which may include physical therapy along with the patient’s medical intervention.

Physical therapy can help people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. When it comes to pain, physical therapists are not only experts in treating pain, but also its source. They will look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that hurt. They will then treat those areas with certain exercises to ease pain and help you move better.

In honor of Physical Therapy month, here are 10 ways that it may benefit you.

1. Reduce or eliminate pain
2. Avoid Surgery
3. Improve mobility
4. Recover from a stroke
5. Recover from or prevent a sports injury
6. Improve your balance and prevents falls
7. Manage diabetes and vascular conditions
8. Manage age-related issues
9. Manage heart and lung disease
10. Manage women’s health and other conditions

According to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, this type of treatment benefits not just the physical body. It is concerned with identifying and maximizing the quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. Treating pain takes teamwork. At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we are happy Maureen is part of that team.

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