Frequently Asked Questions
Physical therapy can help in reducing joint inflammation and making muscles stronger to improve movement quality. This is the reason why physical therapists prescribe exercises that increase specific parts of the body based on the patient’s needs.
A physical therapist helps people live with and recover from injuries, illnesses, or disabilities. With a thorough evaluation of the patient’s condition and an understanding of the patient’s needs, we can develop a customized plan focusing on enabling you to have greater control over your body and better health.
It’s important to note that you will feel pain where it needs to hurt and where your muscles attach themselves to your bones. These are all trigger points in the body that chiropractors manipulate by making adjustments with their hands or instruments while carrying out care during an exam. Anywhere else there may be inflammation is being avoided at any cost, which reduces painful symptoms that might naturally accompany some pains elsewhere other than in these specific areas on our bodies.
Therapy can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but not without reason. All physical therapy does is stimulus muscles that have become weak from lack of use and neglected health conditions.
It’s common to have pain after some physical therapy treatments or workouts. Each individual’s body is unique in its response to therapy resulting in varying degrees of discomfort or pain throughout the entire process.
Everyone is different, but in most cases we see a reduction in pain within one to two weeks. How quickly this occurs depends on the level of pain and disability before treatment began, which joints are being treated, and if there are other problems contributing to the patient’s symptoms.
Physical therapy is important for injuries to parts of the body like the ankle, knee and groin. It mat also be needed for other things like cardiac issues, strokes, spinal cord and brain trauma.
It’s helpful to have a diagnosis or an injury, but it is not required. Most people use physical therapy to recover or fix something with their body.
Goals of physical therapy are to help those with pain, decrease disability (ensure that activities of daily living–ADLs–are possible), increase mobility, and improve function and quality of life. Those goals can be met without being injured; in fact, many people come for physical therapy after they complete rehabilitation from an injury! I recommend discussing your goals and current issues to find out if you’re a good candidate for PT before making the call.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of chiropractic treatment that has been helping people feel better for over 100 years. No notable adverse side effects have ever been reported.
The only thing to watch out for are pain during manipulation, disc pain, or any type of vertebrae instability- which can lead to other symptoms like sciatica, numbness/tingling in the arms/legs, or nerve impingement. Luckily there’s a simple trick: tell the chiropractor exactly what you’re experiencing before they start the adjustment and he will check your postural habits (like uneven weight distribution) with his hands before adjusting anything- thereby avoiding complications before they happen!
A physical therapist works with patients to decrease pain and increase mobility. They specialize in rehabilitation of a patient’s muscles and body.
A physical therapy practitioner is trained to assess, plan, implement, monitor, modify, offer education for prevention and treat movement dysfunction due to injuries or illnesses.
You should rest from physical activity for at least 24 hours to allow the muscles in the injured area to heal.
It really depends on the individual. Sometimes you might need PT for weeks or months, and other times it may be only a few times as prescribed.
In general, it’s smarter to see a primary care physician. The only instance where you might want to see a chiropractor first is if you’re experiencing back pain and can’t sit down without great discomfort.
Physical therapy may be more effective when the pain is not influenced by medication. Ask your doctor if you can take your medication before doing physical therapy sessions.
Do whatever frequency your physical therapist recommends. It’s best to be consistent with your physical therapy sessions and at home recommendations.
Studies show that for the majority of patients, physical therapy produces good results. As always, however, there are exceptions to the healing process.