The body is an incredible feat of engineering in that it can help heal itself following an injury or illness, but that doesn’t mean it can always heal everything on its own. In some cases, your body needs an extra push from you in order to make the fullest recovery in the wake of an injury, and oftentimes that comes in the form of physical therapy.
Unfortunately, not everyone realizes that they are the perfect candidate for physical therapy after an accident or injury. They assume that because they’ll make strides with rest and time, that’s all they’ll need. They convince themselves that they don’t need physical therapy. In today’s blog, we explain why it really is in your best interest to pursue physical therapy after your injury or surgery.
Do you want to to make the fullest recovery possible?
When it comes to your health, good enough doesn’t cut it. You don’t want to walk with a limp or have one bad knee just because you didn’t want to put the work in when you had the chance. The days and weeks after your injury or surgery are a critical time for your body to undergo healing that will affect the rest of your life. You won’t get a second chance to strengthen a joint or prevent scar tissue during this important stage of recovery, so take advantage of this time and maximize your recovery with PT.
Are you no longer able to do some of the activities you love?
Can you no longer go for a bike ride around the lake because of your pain? Do you dread activities that you once loved because pain or discomfort is holding you back? If so, you may be a perfect candidate for physical therapy. We specialize in helping you regain the ability to do physical activities that have since become difficult.
Has your quality of life or independence suffered?
Aside from preventing us from doing the things we love, injuries and physical limitations can keep us from being able to perform necessary daily activities, like cooking, cleaning or going to the bathroom. It can also make us rely on others when we’d rather be able to do things on our own. If pain or discomfort is robbing you of your independence, let us show you how we can help you improve your daily quality of life.
Did you just undergo a surgery on your spine or joints?
Physical therapy is essential for patients who have undergone a procedure on their spine or to address a joint issue in their shoulders, hips or knees. These are all crucial areas where range of motion is going to need to be improved as you recover in order to ensure it doesn’t get stiff. Even if you underwent a minimally invasive operation, PT is going to help with the vast majority of spine and joint surgeries.
Are you unsure of how to rehab your injury?
Finally, if you’re unsure about the best ways to rehab after an injury, or you just want a little direction from a professional, consult with a physical therapist. We can educate you about the mechanisms of injury and recovery so you can do what’s right for your body in terms of your rehabilitation. We’re also cheaper and can usually see patients much sooner than your primary care physician, so we’re a great resource to pursue!
Contact OrthoRehab Specialists today for more information about your physical therapy needs.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations