Medical Pain Management: What You Need to Know – PART 3: Physical Therapy

Medical Pain Management: What You Need to Know – PART 3: Physical Therapy

March 27, 2020 / Daniel J. Kraus, D.C.

Physical therapy is an amazingly beneficial pain management approach that has helped millions around the globe regain mobility and improve their quality of life. This option is used to address a series of different ailments, such as injury, deformity and other diseases. Physical therapy makes use of various techniques, such as heat treatment, exercise and massage.

 

Trained Professionals

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapists are trained and licensed medical professionals with significant experience in diagnosing physical issues, restoring function and mobility, preserving physical function and promoting physical activities. They can be found in several healthcare settings, such as private practices, nursing homes, schools, research centers and hospitals.

A physical therapist helps take care of patients in all aspects of the healing process, from initial diagnosis, through the restorative and preventive phases of the recovery. Some of the people requiring physical therapy are referred to a particular therapist by their doctor, while others seek therapy specialists themselves. They usually train with their therapist in activities that they can do at home to help them function more effectively.

Who Needs a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists can help treat a wide range of medical conditions, depending on their speciality. Some conditions that can benefit from this type of pain management are the following:

  • Hand therapy for conditions like trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord problems
  • Cardiopulmonary conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and chronic pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Sports-related injuries, such as ACL tear, tennis elbow and shin splints
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunctions, including joint disorders and back pain

Physical therapy is a broad field that includes a wide array of therapies, including neurological, pediatric, wound care, vestibular, decongestive and geriatric therapies. To find out which of these best suit your body’s needs, it’s important to consult a trusted professional. You should undergo a physical exam and evaluation before searching for the right therapy that matches your unique needs.

 

No one knows how much pain you’re experiencing except you. Be sure to tell your doctor or trusted specialist when pain strikes or if it comes back after it goes away. Discuss your pain level throughout the course of your consultation to accurately determine what type of pain management technique you need.

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