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If you were recently in an accident or you suffer from chronic pain caused by an illness, you may need physical therapy and rehabilitation. Find the answers to your questions here before your treatment begins.

What is physical therapy?

If you have difficulty performing daily tasks, your doctor might suggest physical therapy to ease your pain, help you move better, and improve your quality of life. The type of physical therapy you receive depends on the injury or ailment you need to treat. Still, the rehabilitation process always begins with your therapist testing you in the following areas:

  • Your range of motion
  • Your ability to walk and climb stairs
  • Your heartbeat and rhythm while active
  • Your balance and posture

With the results of these tests, your physical therapist will create a plan tailored to your needs. Expect to perform exercises and stretches as guided by your therapist. You may also be instructed to exercise and stretch on your own between sessions. At-home heat and cold therapy can also help speed up your progress. If your situation calls for it, your physical therapy sessions may also include practicing the use of stability devices such as canes and walkers.

Who needs physical therapy?

People of all ages can seek physical therapy to help with various conditions. You should consider this form of treatment if you have been in a car accident or sporting injury, or if you recently began experiencing mysterious pain in your spine or elsewhere.

It may be tempting to search for stretches and DIY rehab techniques online, but attempting to heal from a serious injury without a medical professional could make things worse. The safer route is to visit your doctor as quickly as possible after an accident, injury, or illness sets in.

How can physical therapy help me?

This treatment is sure to benefit you if you’re looking to:

  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Improve your balance and range of motion
  • Recover from or prevent a future sports injury
  • Avoid disability or surgery
  • Manage a chronic illness
  • Recover after giving birth
  • Improve bowel or bladder control
  • Learn to use a mobility device

What types of physical therapy are available from Effective Integrative Healthcare?

The treatments you receive are based on your needs. To help promote a full recovery, we provide integrative, safe, and effective treatments, including:

With this information about physical therapy, you could be ready to give it a try. During your free consultation at Effective Integrative Healthcare, we’ll diagnose what’s causing your pain and help you understand the reasons behind your symptoms. Then, we’ll put together a treatment plan catered to your needs.

If you’re ready to feel healthy again, contact us to find out how we can help your body heal. We have locations in Crofton, Millersville, and Lanham, MD.