Post-surgical physical therapy helps patients regain mobility, strength, and flexibility, and experience less post-surgical pain. But physical therapy's benefits extend beyond the scalpel. Physical therapy accelerates recovery when performed before surgery, improves a patient's health and helps people avoid surgery altogether. Maiden Lane Medical is one of the most comprehensive physical therapy providers in the New York, New York area offering pre-surgical and post-surgical physical therapy as well as a full menu of stand-alone options. If you'd like to find out how physical therapy can enhance your strength and mobility, call or click to book a consultation today.
What is physical therapy?
At its core, physical therapy is a series of exercises, stretches and therapies that help people gain the ability to move, experience less pain, and have their function restored to a part of their body that was injured or surgically repaired.
Most people who have experienced an injury or surgery will attest to the value physical therapy can add to the healing process.
Physical therapy isn't limited to helping people recover once they have gone under the knife. In many cases, the Maiden Lane doctors prescribe physical therapy before surgery to help a person gain strength in the surrounding muscles that will aid in their recovery.
In others, physical therapy is the first course of action for a soft tissue or tendon injury that may not require surgical repair. Physical therapy is also ideal for people just embarking on a wellness journey that may include exercise or weight loss.
What do you do during physical therapy?
The physical therapists at Maiden Lane Medical are experts at restoring balance, function, and strength to the human body. Your practitioner will meet with you to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
The two of you create a customized treatment plan, and you will begin physical therapy on a schedule that is right for you. Depending on your goals, physical therapy may include:
- Strengthening exercises
- Balance-oriented tasks
- Electrical stimulation therapy
- Heat or cold therapy
- Periodic check-ins
Does physical therapy hurt?
Physical therapy is an alternative to prescription painkillers or opioid medications. Rather than masking the pain with potentially addictive medications, the exercises and modalities used in therapy address pain's underlying cause.
Significant evidence also points to physical therapy as the preferred treatment for disabling conditions like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
Physical therapy is designed to challenge you, but it's not meant to hurt you. If you experience pain at any time, it's essential to stop the exercise and notify your practitioner. They can then offer modifications, advice, or additional support that ensures your safety.