Even if you’re not super familiar with physical therapists and the programs they develop for their patients, you probably have a general idea of the work they provide. Physical therapists help patients who are recovering from a variety of conditions, but they are most commonly viewed as helping patients after surgery, fractures or soft tissue tears. However, physical therapists can also help treat a number of specialty conditions that many people aren’t aware of. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at four conditions that you probably didn’t know PTs can treat.
4 Health Conditions Physical Therapists Can Help With
If you’re hoping to get some help dealing with any of these conditions, don’t be surprised if you end up being referred to a physical therapist’s office.
- Headaches / Concussions – If you are dealing with recurring headaches or recovering from the effects of a concussion, it’s not just about giving your brain time to heal. Headaches and concussions can heal with the help of a physical therapy routine. Many headaches have a physical cause, so relieving neck tension or fixing your posture with the help of a physical therapist can help treat them. As for concussions, it’s a delicate balance between protecting your brain with rest and partaking in some simple exercise routines to help increase blood flow to the train. A PT can help you heal after a concussion so you can get back to athletic activity quickly and safely.
- Jaw Pain – Thousands of people deal with jaw pain on a daily basis, and when it doesn’t develop as a result of acute trauma, many people are a little confused with the best treatment options. You may be surprised to learn that jaw pain could stem from posture issues or a sleep disorder, both of which a physical therapist can help with. Targeted exercise and posture education can help rectify jaw pain caused by a muscular or sleep issue.
- Incontinence – A physical therapist can also help with certain types of bladder issues. While some bladder problems require immediate medical attention, problems like a leaking bladder could be caused by pelvic floor weakness from things like pregnancy or childbirth. We can help to strengthen your pelvic floor and put an end to your incontinence issues.
- Dizziness – Finally, if you are experiencing dizziness or balance issues, you may benefit from a few sessions with a physical therapist. Sometimes your balance problems stem from physical dysfunction, while other times there is an underlying inner ear issue at play. Whatever is contributing to your dizziness, we can get to the bottom of your problem and provide you with an exercise routine to help treat it. Many patients who suffer from vertigo or another inner ear issue causing balance problems notice relief immediately after just 1-2 sessions, so don’t just cope with recurrent dizziness. Connect with a physical therapist and let us help address your dizzy spells.
So if you are dealing with any of the above health conditions, or you have a more standard health problem that requires medical intervention, reach out to the team of physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists today. We can help work with you to get you back to full health. For more information, contact our clinic today at (612) 339-2041.