Physical Therapy for Pain Management

What is The Purpose of Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a critical component of effective pain management. Whether it is used during the recovery process, after a traumatic injury, or just as a preventative method, it is incredibly useful. Physical therapists can help patients regain function by helping them regain balance, build muscle, increase flexibility, and improve posture. Depending on the patient, a physical therapist will curate a special program to cater to their physical health and needs. While some patients may need help to restore functional movements, such as walking, others may need to focus on building muscle in weaker areas to improve posture. Regardless of your goals, physical therapy is an excellent option for a variety of conditions, and many patients have found it to significantly improve their quality of life and physical health. 

At BEST Health System, we offer physical therapy and rehabilitation programs to a wide range of patients. Whether you are recovering from a surgical procedure and need help through the process, or you are working through an injury, the physical therapists at BEST can help. We provide a range of therapies including soft tissue mobilization, cupping, kinesio taping, pelvic floor and core therapy, TMJ therapy, dry needling, and a total joint program. Continue reading to learn more about physical therapy’s role in the pain management process. 

Using Physical Therapy After a Traumatic Injury

Injuries can be life-altering. After suffering from a chronic injury, it can be impossible to jump back into your normal routine. After all, an injury can prevent you from completing essential, everyday tasks. If it was a lower-extremity injury, regular functions such as walking may become impossible. Physical therapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process as it is often used in conjunction with other therapies. Many patients will utilize anti-inflammatory pain medications to manage painful symptoms and will undergo conservative therapy as a way to improve the function of the area. Together, these therapies effectively help patients regain function and mobility. 

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy offers patients a wide range of benefits. It is one of the few treatment methods that can be useful for a broad array of medical conditions, including spine and orthopedic. 

Physical therapy can be beneficial in the following ways:

Reduces the Need for Surgery

At BEST, one of our primary goals is to help patients find the least invasive treatment option. Did you know that physical therapy is often all that is necessary for effective pain relief? This conservative therapy can offer patients a more effective, more affordable solution to lower back pain. Additionally, it can allow patients to maintain a healthy spine for a longer period of time. Although surgery can help treat debilitating spine conditions, physical therapy can help patients maintain this function. 

Reduces Dependence on Pain Medication

After surgery, many individuals find themselves becoming dependent on pain medications. Although pain medications may be necessary during certain steps of the recovery process, they do not offer a long-term solution. The fact is that opioids and pain medications only intercept pain signals, but they do not treat the underlying pain. Physical therapy, on the other hand, directly treats the issue and aims to solve it through movement and functional therapy. 

Helps with Pain Management

Physical therapy offers an excellent solution for individuals suffering from orthopedic or spine pain. By working directly with your specialist to rebuild muscle, improve flexibility, and improve posture, this therapy can offer a significant solution to debilitating pain. 

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation with BEST Health System

BEST Health System is proud to offer physical therapy and rehabilitation to our patients. Regardless of your condition, we are happy to help you find relief through our services. Contact BEST Health System to schedule an appointment today.