As we age, our muscles tend to become weak and lose their elasticity. In order to restore and enhance the flexibility of the body, physical therapy treatments are often prescribed. Treatment procedures utilize various strengthening and stretching exercises to maintain and restore normal body functioning. Physical therapy has been found to be beneficial for people of all age groups and of all physical activity levels. The role of physical therapy is becoming more and more important in preventative medicine. Yes, physical therapy exercises benefit patients recovering from pain which may have resulted from injury, disease or surgery; but using these types of therapies to prevent injuries or more serious conditions is equally, and maybe even more, beneficial for patients. Problems relating to the back, spine, neck, leg, and hip can be prevented using proper physical therapy programs.
Physical therapy takes a holistic approach to treating the patient. Rather than prescribing medication to mask symptoms or letting a condition progress to the point it requires surgery, practitioners focus on maintaining physical health, treating injuries and promoting overall wellness through preventative medicine.
Physical therapy can effectively treat, and more importantly prevent, a number of conditions and help patients return to or continue daily activities without any pain. Treatments focus on maintaing proper physical functions and restoring body functions that have been affected by injury, trauma or disease. It helps relieve pain, prevent stiffness, enhance range of motion, and improve strength, coordination and mobility.
Physical therapy isn’t only for athletes or extremely active people, in fact many patients seek therapy to build strength and range of motion in order to prevent injuries that can be caused by daily activities such as repetitive motions, lifting and even walking or simple exercises. Just like you schedule a regular check-up with your physician as a preventative measure against illness, the same rule applies to physical therapy. You should schedule a regular check-up with a physical therapist to prevent pain and injury from becoming a chronic problem. A physical therapist can evaluate the status of your health through a detailed evaluation of muscular, skeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and other parts of your body. If the physical therapist finds a weakness they will recommend a personalized treatment plan. This prevents the problem from getting worse and requiring further treatment. Many people do not think about the option of seeing a physical therapist regularly because they think this type of rehabilitation therapy is only for disability and injury.
Most people do not seek help until the problem has become serious and then they require medical care and treatment. Medical care costs have skyrocketed with more insurance companies making the patient pay more out of their pocket. If you head off the health issue before it requires serious attention such as surgery, you can save a lot of money while enjoying good physical health.Most people do not seek help until the problem has become serious and then they require medical care and treatment. Medical care costs have skyrocketed with more insurance companies making the patient pay more out of their pocket. If you head off the health issue before it requires serious attention such as surgery, you can save a lot of money while enjoying good physical health.
If a physical therapist detects a problem early on it can be treated with the proper rehabilitation plan and prevent you from having surgery as a result of allowing the problem to get worse. This is another reason why physical therapy is important for preventative care. Not only can it keep you mobile and healthy, it can also save you the expense of surgery and medications down the road. Additionally, it can bypass further health problems that can transpire as the result of having surgery.
It is always important to listen to your body. The sensation of physical pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t working properly. Physical pain can present for various reasons: weakness, incorrect form, repetitive actions, and of course injury.
If you are experiencing any type of physical pain and would like to prevent it from developing into a more serious condition, physical therapy may be just what you need. Remember, prevention is the key to healthy living. Physical therapy can help you to stick with a health and wellness program which will allow you to enjoy a higher quality of life. Overall health and wellness is a preventative measure against further health issues down the road however most people do not follow it due to a fast paced lifestyle. If you are having trouble staying with a regimen a physical therapist can help provide a personalized plan for maintaining you health and diet. Healthy choices and regular exercise prevent a lot of health problems regardless of your age.
Although you may not have considered physical therapy as preventative care perhaps you should begin. As you can see, there is a lot that physical therapy can do for you and your health and at a much lower cost than medication and surgery.
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