3 Benefits of Physical Therapy

3 Benefits of Physical Therapy

Whether you were injured in sports, in an accident, or recently had surgery, you’re probably anxious to get back to your daily life. You might feel the desire to mow your lawn after laying around for so long! 

While getting back on your feet is exciting, taking care of your body is what’s most important. Marc Pietropaoli, MD, a board-certified orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, leads our compassionate professional team at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in Skaneateles, New York. 

Here’s the scoop: You will not be able to make a full recovery from any injury without proper physical therapy. The reasons for this are numerous, but highlighting some of the most important reasons for physical therapy is essential to understanding how your body’s healing processes work. 

What does “physical therapy” even mean?

The purpose of physical therapy is to get your body to a place where you can stand, lift lightly, and have enough function to continue to heal properly. Physical therapy is your foundation for a full recovery from your bodily trauma and a gradual way to get back the strength that you think you may have lost. 

When do I have to have it?

While you could technically undergo physical therapy anytime, if you’re recovering from a physical trauma, your window of recovery is limited. Choosing to wait until you’re physically healed to start your physical therapy means that you will not be as strong as you might be with gentle, guided exercises and deliberate movement that we can teach you. 

Your physical therapist may be in touch with you before a procedure with Dr. Pietropaoli. With many sports injuries, for example, there is typically a path to recovery, and all include a type of therapy as part of your recovery plan. 

What are some of the benefits?

If it was not crucial to both your recovery and your long-term health, we would not recommend physical therapy to you. However, the benefits of physical therapy are all of the reasons that we prescribe it for our patients:

Reduced need for medical pain relief

In 2019, an estimated 10 million people over age 12 abused opioids. With the opioid crisis in full swing since the early 2000s, many cases of opioid addiction result from abusing prescription drugs. The essential problem with opioid medication is that, despite their excellent pain-relieving abilities, their addictiveness is extremely powerful, even for the strongest people. 

Minimizing the amount of pain medication isn’t about forcing you to live with pain, but about protecting you from the long-term harm of addiction to prescription drugs, or any drugs. One of the greatest benefits of physical therapy is reducing your pain. This eases your recovery and helps you to get better quality sleep, which is also important to your full recovery. 

Your physical therapy might include some immediate pain relief, such as ice packs and heating packs, but we have a variety of tools to help you heal thoroughly. 

Improved mobility

One of the chief purposes of physical therapy is to get your body back into the shape that it was in before your injury or accident. With a combination of gentle exercises, your body can reacclimate to your comfortable level of physical activity. If you’re a professional or amateur athlete, there are fewer more effective ways of getting you back into the game than physical therapy. 

Our physical therapy program is customized to fit your needs and effectively heal your injury. 

Fall prevention

Physical therapy doesn’t solely benefit the young and athletic — there are important benefits for senior people, as well. As many as 25% of people over age 65 fall in a year, typically in their homes. A bad fall can result in a trip to the hospital, after which you might need the very physical therapy you’re reading about now.

Bear in mind that it is not solely older people who can be hurt in a fall — some injuries can affect your balance, putting younger people at risk of falling and sustaining an injury. Completing a physical therapy program helps you to keep your balance and reduces your risk of falling, and getting hurt. 

Some types of physical therapy include using light weights, stretching, massage, walking on a treadmill, and manual manipulation. Your physical therapy may involve a certified physical therapist, a chiropractor, or other type of holistic healing, as well. If you’ve recently been injured and are ready to get back to your life, call us today at 315-303-8352, or book an appointment with us online.

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