Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are widely used and can help during the recovery process of nearly any injury or condition. This is especially true of issues affecting the spine and joints. For example, many problems develop in the spine, hips, and knees due to the immense pressure placed on them during daily activities combined with factors such as posture and weight gain.
Working with a physical therapist can help to strengthen the muscles around these areas for better support while also improving flexibility and range of motion. This can offer significant relief and improved function for conditions including:
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Muscle strains and ligament sprains
- Failed back surgery syndrome
Physical therapy is also a key part of the rehabilitation and recovery process after most surgeries. To help the body heal properly as well as teach patients how to become active again after often long periods of immobility, physical therapy programs are typically included as part of the recovery plan after surgery.