If you’ve sustained an injury or recently undergone a surgical procedure, one of the best ways to regain mobility and accelerate healing is by beginning physical therapy. Our knee replacement surgeons recommend that patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery or other procedures begin physical therapy at Action Therapy in Jacksonville. The physical therapists at Action Therapy can also help patients avoid surgical procedures, alleviate pain, and promote healing.
The Power of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can alleviate pain, restore mobility, accelerate healing after surgery or an injury, and rehabilitate the body. This treatment can address many health conditions and concerns and is customized for the needs of each patient. Physical therapy uses an external stimulus to create an internal change and focuses on strengthening and rebuilding muscles to improve range of motion and mobility while ensuring patients regain their independence after surgery and get back to everything they love.
This treatment process is relatively simple, and while it doesn’t require any invasive techniques, it’s powerful and very effective. It can significantly accelerate healing and shorten recovery post-op while strengthening the treatment area. It can also promote healing, so patients can recover and avoid undergoing a surgical procedure after an injury.
What’s Included in Physical Therapy?
A physical therapist will evaluate your medical history, current health, and needs to design a treatment plan targeting your specific goals. For instance, a treatment plan for a patient trying to recover and heal after an injury to avoid surgery will look different from one designed to help accelerate healing after a procedure.
Each treatment plan is based on the patient’s goals and needs, and the physical therapist will use a variety of techniques and guide the patient through stretches and exercises that they may not or wouldn’t be able to do on their own. Some of the most common techniques used during a physical therapy session include heat or cold therapy, dry needling, massage therapy, targeted stretching, aerobic activity, resistance training, and more.
What Are the Benefits?
Physical therapy has a profound effect on the body. Not only does it accelerate recovery after surgery, but it can help patients avoid surgery by strengthening their problem areas and promoting natural healing. Other benefits include the following:
- Reduced pain
- Decreased inflammation
- Accelerated healing after an injury or surgery
- Shorter recovery and less downtime after surgery
- Increased physical endurance
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Stronger muscles
- Improved balance
- Rehabilitation after an injury
Who Is It Right For?
Patients who have undergone or are planning for a surgical procedure to repair a joint or tendon or other types of procedures can benefit from physical therapy. It’s also an effective option for those with arthritis, athletes who want to accelerate healing after an injury, patients who have suffered a sports-related injury, and others.
Physical therapy can make a significant difference in how you feel and function before and after surgery. It may even prevent surgery and help you heal and get back to everything that you love and enjoy, pain-free. If you want to learn more about Action Therapy and our customized physical therapy treatment plans, you can request an appointment at Carolinas Center for Surgery, and we can give you more details and answer your questions.