Physical therapists treat a wide variety of clients, and you’re probably aware of our largest client bases. You’ve got your patients dealing with joint injuries, those battling arthritis, and those trying to get health before and after a surgery. But there are also smaller subsets of people who are battling a health condition and don’t know where to turn for help. Oftentimes, the solution is as simple as connecting with a physical therapist.
Little Known Conditions Treated With Physical Therapy
Here’s a look at five conditions that you may not realize we treat at OrthoRehab Specialists:
- Headaches – We’ve talked about stress headaches on the blog in the past, but oftentimes headaches are caused by muscle imbalances and excessive stress on certain areas of your head and neck. By working with a physical therapist, we can help correct your posture and alleviate some of this excess stress that may be contributing to your headache onset.
- Vertigo and Balance Issues – If you’re getting dizzy when standing or at other points throughout your day, you may benefit from some sessions with a physical therapist. Vertigo can be caused by a mechanical problem in your inner ear, but these issues can be corrected by a physical therapist. Learn more about how we treat vertigo and balance problems on this blog.
- Jaw Pain – Jaw pain that is not the result of an acute injury is also often best treated by a physical therapist. Jaw pain that becomes chronic or develops slowly over time could be caused by an underlying mechanical issue or a posture problem. We can implement exercises to help realign your jaw and reduce problematic stress on the temporomandibular joint.
- Incontinence – Urinary incontinence is an issue that can leave a person feeling self-conscious, but it can also be treated with physical therapy. Our team of therapists can examine your situation and get to the bottom of what’s causing your incontinence issues. You could be dealing with side effects of pregnancy, childbirth, surgery or a problem in your pelvic floor. Once we figure out what’s causing incontinence, we can develop exercises to strengthen the muscles that help you control your bladder.
- Swelling – If you’re dealing with swelling in your legs or arms, we can help correct an issue with your lymphatic system. This is more common in patients who have undergone certain types of cancer treatments, but it’s also an issue for those with damaged circulatory systems. We can help wrap certain areas to help limit swelling or teach you some exercises to help facilitate healthy drainage.
If you are dealing with any of the above conditions, or you’re wondering if a PT can help with your health condition, reach out to OrthoRehab Specialists today.