What is it good for?
There are two types of injuries for which physical therapy is a useful method of treatment: acute and chronic.
Acute pain is perhaps the most common complaint we hear from our patients. Because it comes on fast and demands all of our attention, it compels the injured to seek treatment. It is most often the result of an injury or accident. This can be anything from an auto accident to pulling a muscle while exercising: You know when you did it and have a good idea of what happened. The only question is what will it take to help the body recover? That’s what a physical therapist specializes in.
Chronic pain can be a little sneakier. It is surprising how much pain our bodies will endure before we seek treatment. Because these aches and pains have persisted for a long time, they make it much harder to pinpoint their source. These can be degenerative issues in the muscle, joint or bone. Or they can be issues that developed over a long period of time due to an untreated structural imbalance. However, through a series of evaluations, our physical therapist can identify the source of pain or injury and make a plan for rehabilitation and conditioning.
What about after surgery?
Although we seek to avoid surgery through the use of chiropractic care, there are a number of reasons you may have to undergo a surgical procedure. Most, if not all, surgical patients benefit from a proper post-operative physical therapy regimen. In cases of many joint replacement surgeries, physical therapy is mandatory.
Physical therapy following surgery will always be directed by your surgeon. At Cornerstone Wellness Center, we work hand-in-hand with surgeons to construct proper post-operative therapies.