The Many Benefits of Physical Therapy

A strained muscle, sprained ligament, arthritis, and even a stroke are just a few of the injuries and illnesses that prevent you from participating in your favorite activities. Pain, swelling, and limited range of motion make it tough to get dressed, let alone play a sport or engage in your favorite hobby. 

While it may be tempting to use medication to ease your symptoms, it won’t solve the underlying problem — physical therapy (PT) can. Most people think of physical therapy as simple exercises, but that’s only partially true. PT exercises are precise, controlled, and prescribed to target very specific muscles and other tissues. 

PT also involves a variety of other modalities, such as ultrasound stimulation, taping and bracing, heat and ice therapy, electrical stimulation, massage, and manual manipulation. 

Dr. Daniel Maenner and our team at The Doctor’s House in West New York, New Jersey, understand the powerful benefits of PT for a vast array of conditions. Here are a few of them.

Stop pain

Pain is your body’s way of prodding you to get help, but when it has outlasted its usefulness, PT can ease away the tension in your muscles and settle the nerves so they stop sending pain signals.

Move better

By strengthening and stretching your muscles and ligaments, PT can restore mobility and range of motion. If you still need assistance walking or standing, we can fit you for a cane or crutches to help you stay mobile.

Sidestep surgery

Surgery should always be considered a last-resort treatment, and PT helps you put off that particular procedure or avoid it altogether by helping you heal from an injury naturally.

If you do need surgery, PT gets your body ready for the procedure, puts you in the best shape to face postsurgical challenges, and helps you recover fully in the months following.

Manage chronic conditions

Arthritis, diabetes, and certain vascular issues can benefit from PT techniques as well. 

Increased activity helps control blood sugar, increases joint function, and improves heart health — but not all exercise is beneficial. Our team ensures you engage in safe and appropriate movements that will improve your condition, not exacerbate it. 

Stroke recovery

A lot changes after a stroke. Many patients find that activities they once took for granted are now challenging or impossible. With PT, we can help you relearn those skills or find new ways to function independently.

Improved balance

Every year, more than 3 million older Americans fall due to age-related issues, like poor eyesight, imbalance, and weakness. And once they fall once, they’re twice as likely to fall again. But PT can prevent you or a loved one from becoming one of those tragic statistics, by improving coordination, strength, and balance.

Injury prevention

Once you’ve sustained an injury, your chances for reinjuring the same body skyrockets. We can even the odds again with PT. One of the main reasons second injuries are common is that the original injury didn’t heal properly or completely. 

We make sure your rehab proceeds at the right pace and engages your entire support system for maximum recovery.

Pelvic floor rehab

PT isn’t only for sports injuries. It can also treat fecal or urinary incontinence caused by pelvic floor dysfunctions that result from injuries, medical conditions, or surgery.

Do you need physical therapy?

If you suffer from an illness or injury that interferes with your ability to move freely or function normally, you may be a great candidate for physical therapy. 

The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment and come talk with Dr. Maenner. You can request a consultation online or call us here at 201-869-6220 today. 

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