When recovering from orthopedic surgery, or a severe injury, your goal is to regain optimal mobility, and if you have arthritis, your focus is on preventing progression. The skilled team at Crom Rehabilitation uses physical therapy Houston to help you achieve your health and activity goals.
An overview of physical therapy
Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitative care that involves diagnosing and managing or treating movement dysfunction, acute and chronic conditions, and injuries. It is a conservative procedure that has proven beneficial for musculoskeletal disorders. The Crom Rehabilitation specialists use advanced technology and expertise to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, restore mobility and enhance physical function. More importantly, these specialists have undergone vigorous training to care for people of all ages through patient education, manual therapy, and prescribed exercise. The team may offer physical therapy in several settings, including nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and fitness settings.
How you may benefit from physical therapy
People seek the services of physical therapists for various reasons, including pain management, better mobility, management of chronic conditions, and injury rehabilitation. The Crom Rehabilitation team creates a customized physical therapy program that focuses on your unique needs and prioritizes restoring your initial level of functioning. Physical therapy offers several benefits, including:
- Improves pain
Some types of pain improve with surgery or prescription medications, but some may benefit from exercise and physical therapy. Acute pain usually has a known and often improves over time with treatment. On the other hand, chronic pain can go on for more than three months and is often due to an injury, medical treatment, disease, or sometimes an unknown cause. In the recent past, opioids were the go-to medications for chronic pain. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended physical therapy as an excellent option for managing chronic and acute pain. Physical therapy techniques that can improve pain include electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercises, massage, and cold and heat therapy.
- Supports neurological conditions
Physical therapy effectively supports symptoms associated with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord-related injuries. Medical research shows that gait performance and a reduction in falls are usually improved after 6-12 months of training.
- Reduces arthritis-related symptoms
Stiffness, debilitating joint pain, inflammation, and swelling are some symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Physical therapy helps reduce the severity of the symptoms, improving your quality of life. The Arthritis Foundation asserts that the technique restores mobility in the affected joints and increases overall strength.
- Shortens post-surgery recovery
After invasive surgery, your provider may recommend physical therapy. Depending o your overall health, surgical procedure, and injury, your therapy can last a few weeks to a few months. Orthopedic therapy promotes recovery by preventing excessive scar tissue build-up, reducing pain, and improving range of motion. Medical research shows that critically ill people who required hospitalization lived better lives, had better muscle function, and could walk long distances upon discharge.
If you feel physical therapy is what you need to improve your mobility, call the Crom Rehabilitation office or book an appointment online.