After an accident or illness, weak or traumatized muscles, ligaments, and tendons may prevent you from attaining a full recovery and restored mobility. Chad Mathey, DC, founder of Crown Medical Center in Huntsville, recommends physical therapy so that you can build up the strength and flexibility you need to completely heal. Call the friendly Crown Medical Center team for a physical therapy evaluation, or book one yourself online.
Physical Therapy Q & A
Why am I still in pain?
When your body is traumatized by illness or injury, or if you’re immobilized during a recovery period, soft tissues in your body may not have fully healed. The pain and disability associated with accidents and diseases may also throw your spine out of alignment so that your body loses its ability to fully heal itself and recover pain-free mobility.
Physical therapy (PT) consists of a series of exercises that strengthen key muscles, including your core muscles, and help you gain flexibility as well. Dr. Mathey designs your PT therapy based on an in-depth examination and medical history that allows him to determine the source of your pain or impaired mobility.
What are the benefits of physical therapy?
The aim of PT is to restore strength, flexibility, and health to your joints and soft tissues. You can have PT as part of your initial recovery, or to address chronic pain or impaired movement. Benefits include:
- Less pain
- Increased range of motion
- Better balance
- More strength
- More flexibility
- Better coordination
- Increased endurance
Physical therapy also decreases your risk of injuring yourself in the future.
What will I do in physical therapy?
Your PT routine is designed to serve your needs and strengthen your weaknesses. Components of your PT may include:
- Weightlifting for muscle strength and bone density
- Stretching exercises to increase flexibility
- Core-building exercises to maximize spinal support
- Applying pressure to a joint to strengthen it
- Mobilizing and repositioning your spine or joints
Your Back Pain Relief Chiropractic PT specialist may also instruct you on how to use assistive devices, such as crutches or walkers, while you recover from your injuries or illness. Dr. Mathey may recommend supportive therapies, including chiropractic manipulation, hot and cold therapy, or massage therapy to aid your recovery.
Do I have to do PT every day?
During your recovery period or the initial stages of your PT regimen, your doctor may advise you to do PT every day. Before you start your program, Dr. Mathey estimates how long you need to continue your routine to get the improvements you want. Once you reach your goal, he may recommend other types of exercises so you can continue building strength, flexibility, and health.
To set up a PT evaluation, call the helpful and knowledgeable Crown Medical Center staff today, or use the handy online form.