Many patients who are dealing pain – whether it be from an injury, condition, or surgical procedure – just want the pain to go away as quickly and easily as possible. Unfortunately, this often means that the patient starts popping pain pills. Painkillers can work to provide short-term relief, but they are only a temporary fix. Conservative care (physical therapy included) can work wonders to address your pain, even though it requires a lot more work than simply popping a pill. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about the true benefits of conservative treatment options like physical therapy.
The Benefits of Physical Therapy vs. Painkillers
Opioids and other painkillers are just band-aid solutions to pain. They work for a short period of time, but they do nothing to address the root cause of the pain, and they have less and less impact each time.
Conservative treatment options like physical therapy, exercise, and lifestyle changes, are a lot more difficult to adopt than painkillers, but they work a lot better in the long run. Working with a physical therapist can help you get to the underlying cause of your pain. Using that information, your physical therapist can help you create a strategy that will help address and resolve this underlying cause.
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our physical therapy experts have over three decades of experience helping patients recover from surgery, injuries, and other conditions. We can help improve your mobility and range-of-motion, while reducing your pain. We are widely respected in the physical therapy industry, with more than 600 local providers referring their patients to us for continued care as needed. If you don’t have a referral, that’s OK too! We also offer direct access to physical therapy. Contact us at our Edina or Minneapolis clinics to set up your appointment today!