How Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Chronic Health Problems

When you’re dealing with pain as part of your normal, daily life, you probably can’t imagine trying to add an exercise routine. If your doctor has suggested physical therapy, you may be wondering how it could possibly help -- but it can.

Strength = Support

Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, weakened muscles could be contributing to it. For example, if you have arthritis, and the muscles that support your joints are weak, you’re likely to experience increased pain.

Working with our physical therapist at Revive Medical, you can begin to strengthen the specific areas of your body that can help provide support. As you get stronger over time, you should experience less pain.

Improved mobility

One of the main goals of any physical therapy program is to help you move more easily and with less pain. Improved mobility means more freedom.

If walking is painful, you probably avoid walking. But if physical therapy can help you experience less pain with walking, your life will probably become a little easier.

The same is true of any movement that you have to do on a regular basis. If your chronic pain is related to a shoulder injury, getting dressed is probably difficult. Again, physical therapy can help.

A program just for you

You may be thinking that all of that is fine for other people, but your situation is different. And you’re right. Your situation is unique -- and your physical therapist assesses your needs and treats you as an individual.

Physical therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, your therapist works with you and your doctor to develop a program that’s designed to address your specific needs.

Better overall health

You know that exercise is good for your health, but if you live with chronic pain, you may feel as if it’s simply impossible to get your body moving more. Physical therapy is a route to gently building your ability to exercise. You won’t begin physical therapy by running a marathon. Instead, your therapist helps you find an appropriate way to simply begin.

An alternative

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain. Those guidelines suggest using nondrug approaches to treating chronic pain rather than long-term or high doses of opioids for pain relief.

With addiction to opioids having reached epidemic proportions, you may have serious reserves about taking a pharmaceutical approach to treating your chronic pain. Even without considering addiction, you may not want to deal with the side effects of using drugs to treat your pain.

Physical therapy offers an alternative approach. Along with the benefits of improving your overall health, helping you become stronger, and increasing your mobility, physical therapy can help you avoid the dangers of addiction and the side effects that come with using opioids to treat pain.

If you’re ready to learn more about how physical therapy can help address your chronic pain, book an appointment online or by phone at Revive Medical. We have offices in in San Diego, California, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Our physical therapist is happy to discuss your individual circumstances, goals, and needs, and then suggest a treatment plan designed specifically for you.

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