When it comes to treating pain, promoting healing, preventing injuries and even avoiding long-term disabilities, physical therapy (PT) is often used as a way to restore muscle movement, alleviate pain and strengthen current muscles in order to help a patient back to the point where he or she can perform normal, everyday activities without difficulty.
Common reasons for physical therapy
- Pain from injury sustained in an accident
- Sports injury, such as after a fall or injury
- Rehabilitation after joint or muscle surgery
- Neck pain
- Joint and ligament injuries
- Low back
- Spinal cord
- Arthritis pain
- Foot and ankle
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Limb amputation
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Orthopedic injuries
Why is physical therapy necessary?
Physical therapy will assist patients to regain full joint function and return to daily activities and maintain their quality of life. Therapists us the following exercises to increase the range of joint and ligament motion as well as strengthen surrounding muscles to stabilize weak joints and ligaments.
Examples of physical therapy include stretching, balance exercises, endurance exercises, exercises in strengthening, low-impact aerobic conditioning and pain relief exercises.
Why use a chiropractor with physical therapy?
A licensed and trained physical therapist is skilled and educated to focus on proper rehabilitation. Working under the referral of a doctor, a physical therapist is part of a team of care specialists to help a patient regain normal daily activities.
In conjunction with the chiropractor who can begin the healing process to loosen joints and muscles, and bring the patient into proper alignment, a physical therapist can then add the element of re-establishing strengthening and maintaining good range of motion and provide exercises designed to strengthen joints and muscles.
This team of professionals working together can advance the healing process to help the patient in time return back to daily performance of tasks and activities.
Contact American Fork Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation for a consultation to see how physical therapy and chiropractic visits can help you get back to the way you want to live. Call our office in American Fork, Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Anderson, our resident American Fork chiropractor.