Physical therapy is most often referred to as “that thing you do after surgery” or “what you need to do to recover from a sports injury.” This limited perception of physical therapy is a disservice to the profession because, unbeknownst to many, physical therapy can benefit people who suffer from a wide range of conditions and disorders. In fact, physical therapy can be a great first option for some painful conditions instead of the last resort after surgery.
Ready to be surprised by how physical therapy may be able to help you? By the end of this post, we’ll have you saying, “physical therapy can help me with what?!”
It’s a medical condition that most people don’t want to talk about: urinary incontinence. Embarrassing leaks, little accidents; urinary incontinence can make the most innocuous gestures, like laughing, uncomfortable and distressing. What many people don’t know is that physical therapy may help improve some cases of urinary incontinence.
The pelvic muscles play a major role in supporting the bladder and helping it function effectively. When these muscles become weak with age or childbirth, bladder control can be reduced. A physical therapist can help patients train and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to help alleviate incontinence and painful intercourse.
Beyond managing blood sugar levels, it is extremely important for diabetics to remain active. Diabetics are more likely to suffer from heart disease and strokes, and they are also more likely to end up with an amputation, especially of the foot or toes. Physical therapists can help patients mitigate these risks by showing them safe and effective ways to stay active.
Diabetics may also suffer from pain and numbness in their legs, feet, and toes. Physical therapy can help patients improve lower body circulation. A therapist may also be able to help patients understand proper foot care to help lower the risk of amputation.
Alzheimer’s disease is predominantly thought of as a “brain condition.” While Alzheimer’s affects the brain primarily, the disease can impact a wide range of both bodily and cognitive functions. The physical activity that Alzheimer’s patients gain from physical therapy is tremendous and can help them with balance, coordination, and flexibility.
These benefits may help patients better handle day-to-day activities and prevent serious falls. This is also important because physical activity plays a role in brain health and preserving memory. Physical therapy may help slow the effects of the disease.
Need a few more reasons to look into the unexpected benefits of physical therapy? What about helping to reduce jaw pain, vertigo, carpal tunnel syndrome, or breathing problems? Physical therapy isn’t just for people having surgery or recovering from an injury. It can be beneficial to anyone suffering from chronic pain or mobility issues.
At Jersey Premier Pain, our team of qualified professionals is trained to deliver quality care in a compassionate environment. We employ up-to-date techniques with state-of-the-art equipment to give you the care and treatment you deserve.
If you are ready to begin your wellness journey, contact a trained specialist with Jersey Premier Pain today. Let’s discuss your needs and find a treatment plan that works for you. Call today at 201-386-8800 and let the healing process begin.