The Importance of Physical Therapy in Battling Pain

There are times when rest is important for healing, especially immediately following an injury or surgery. But soon (probably sooner than you think), you need to get moving again or risk making your pain worse and your healing period longer.

Our team of pain specialists and physical therapists at Arlington Pain & Therapy understands the critical relationship between pain and movement. Their skill and years of experience are exactly what you need when you’re wondering which activities will make your pain worse and which will make you stronger and trigger healing. 

If you live in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas and have acute or chronic pain, we may be able to help you regain a pain-free life without the use of drugs or surgery. Here’s what’s important to know about physical therapy.

The goal of physical therapy

The primary purpose of physical therapy is to make it possible for you to be active and to strengthen your musculoskeletal system to support that activity. In addition to the injury, illness, or pain that’s stopping you from exercising, your sedentary lifestyle puts you at risk for further complications, like:

On the other hand, the more you move, the less chance you have of succumbing to these conditions and the better chance you have of getting rid of your pain. There’s no downside.

How physical therapy helps you move when it hurts to move

We understand that your pain is real and that it hurts to move. And sometimes, your instincts to stay still are correct. But immobility for too long creates its own set of problems.

When you work with our physicians and physical therapy team, we start by carefully evaluating your conditions, health history, and symptoms. And we never ask you to do something that would harm you. 

But we also know that the healing process can sometimes be uncomfortable. You can trust our experts to guide you through proper movements that make you stronger, increase your mobility, decrease inflammation, and allow you to function better.

Types of physical therapy

The type of physical therapy we recommend for you depends entirely on your unique situation. This is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. That said, here are some of the physical therapy forms you may expect:

Remember that it’s important to visit us before embarking on a new exercise routine. The goal is to get you moving and reduce your pain, but the wrong activity — or the right activity done the wrong way — can do just the opposite.

Physical therapy to prevent physical therapy

A body in motion tends to stay in motion — it’s a physical law. And while some injuries and illnesses are inevitable, a great many of them are preventable through the simple act of exercise. 

If you’re a fitness buff or an athlete, we don’t have to tell you about the benefits of being physically fit. But if you’re one of the 80% of Americans who sit at a desk all day and don’t do something to strengthen your heart and muscles before or after work, you may end up needing our physical therapy services sooner than you think. 

To avoid the need for professional help, give yourself the gift of your own preventive physical therapy by changing your habits and lifestyle before you get sick or injured and need us. Here are a few ideas to gradually work in more activity:

These are just a few ideas, but you get the picture — the more you move, the stronger you’ll be. Whether you suffer from chronic pain stemming from arthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal issues, or you have acute pain from an injury or surgery, we can help ease your way back into an active and healthy life. Give us a call at any of our three locations to set up a consultation so we can determine if physical therapy is right for you.

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