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Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Physical therapy can be an incredibly effective way to seek treatment for physical injuries or disorders, improve your mobility and function, reduce and manage pain caused by physical injuries or disorders, and improve your overall quality of life. However, if you've never sought physical therapy before, then odds are you probably have a few questions. The following are the answers to some of the most common questions regarding physical therapy:

What does physical therapy consist of?

The first thing we will do is to evaluate the issues that you are having. We will then customize a treatment plan to fit your specific needs. This can include instruction on therapeutic exercises, education on how to manage and care for your symptoms, and manual therapy if needed.

How do you know if physical therapy will help you?

Physical therapy will help you if you are suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, neurological problems (such as brain injuries and stroke) or recovering from surgery. People who are recovering from non-orthopedic surgeries, such as cancer or internal problems, can often benefit from physical therapy as well. 

Not only can physical therapy help to improve your mobility and function as well as reduce pain caused by injuries or disorders, it can help you to heal faster and prevent further physical problems as well.

Why do you need physical therapy?

Without physical therapy, you could be stuck with mobility and function problems that will only worsen day-by-day due to the lack of proper treatment, which will further reduce your quality of life. Additionally, physical therapy will help to strengthen the areas of your body that have experienced issues, which can improve the rate at which you heal following a surgery as well as help to prevent further physical problems from developing.

What should you wear to your appointment?

Wear casual clothing that would be appropriate for exercise and that will make it easy to reach the part of your body in need of treatment. For example, if you're getting physical therapy on your knees, consider wearing shorts instead of jeans. 

How many treatments will you need?

The number of treatments depends on the extent of your problem and won't be clear until we have diagnosed the issue. Everybody is different, which means we customize our treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Can physical therapy help with back pain?

Physical therapy can help you to control your back pain through therapeutic exercises that weill reduce pain and control swelling. You will most likely be educated in a number of exercises and lifting techniques to be done at home to help control your back pain as well.

How can you get the most out of physical therapy?

Keep up with your in-clinic therapy schedule and follow all home exercise programs that have been developed for you. You should also make sure to communicate clearly to your physical therapist about any pain or discomfort you might be feeling so that they can more effectively customize your treatment.

These are just a few answers to some of the more common questions about physical therapy. If you have any more questions concerning physical therapy, then be sure to contact us at Florida Spine today.

Learn more: 

What is Physical Therapy?

Common Physical Therapy Treatments

Physical Therapy Announcement