Treating Pain with Physical Therapy
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on August 5th, 2019
How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?
Physical therapy is an excellent choice for treating pain and can truly find the root of its cause. Physical therapists are experts in human motion and can identify areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that already hurt. After a thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will begin treating pain in those areas by utilizing a specific set of exercises to ease pain and increase motion. Physical therapy is the best choice you can make when you have long-term pain (chronic pain) or an injury.
In some cases, doctor-prescribed opioids may appropriate but pain medications simply mask the pain and leave the underlying issue untreated. Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. No one wants to live in pain but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. That’s why the CDC recommends safer alternatives to opioids, such as treating pain with physical therapy.
Physical therapy may not be able to fix every problem, but research is showing that surgery and pain medications aren’t a cure-all either and are sometimes just a very expensive and risky placebo. In most cases, starting with physical therapy is the right choice, and for many patients, physical therapy is the only treatment necessary to reduce pain.
Physical therapy can help patients thrive in about every health care area imaginable. If you’re recovering from surgery or an illness or living with pain, ask your doctor about physical therapy. Physical therapy can give you back your independence by reducing your pain, increasing your mobility and making daily living easier and less painful. To find out ways to become pain free, contact Western Berks Physical Therapy today! You’ll be glad you did.