October is National Physical Therapy Month! In honor of National PT Month, here are 10 ways physical therapy can help you.
As the temperatures turn colder, skiing enthusiasts of all skill levels will wait with anticipation for that time when snow—real or “manufactured”—will fall on the slopes of resorts all across the nation. But whether you ski the “bunny slopes” or expertly maneuver around moguls, being properly prepared can help prevent injury and ensure a season of excitement.
Physical Therapy (PT) is an ever-changing and advancing field these days with constant advancements in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation. When it comes to athletes, PT is on the cutting edge of the newest, non-invasive treatments that get you back in the game quicker than ever before. One of the newer tools being utilized by a lot of health care providers in the sports medicine field is Active Release Technique (ART).
An ACL sprain or tear is one of the most common knee injuries that frequently occurs during activities such as soccer, football and basketball. Although surgery may be necessary in order to regain full function of your knee, this will depend on certain factors. In some cases, you may be able to recover from your ACL injury with nonoperative rehabilitation.
Dealing with a shoulder injury can affect every aspect of your daily life and can make certain activities almost impossible. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with shoulder injuries that don’t require surgery. Explore nonoperative options first so you can hopefully avoid surgery and a lengthy healing period.
An Achilles tendon rupture is a very painful injury that typically occurs suddenly without any accompanying symptoms. This injury is usually treated with rehabilitation and/or physical therapy. These treatment methods reduce the pain associated with the injury, help strengthen the surrounding muscles, and help the tendon heal.
If you’re dealing with a painful sports or spine injury, consider treating the injury with physical therapy and daily exercise. These methods use your own body to perform stretches and repetitive motions in order to reduce pain.
Knee joint replacement is a major surgery and returning to your daily activities will take some time. Following the surgery, you will have to avoid putting additional stress on your knee until it heals properly. After the knee heals, you’ll have to work with it to gain full range of motion once again. This is where physical therapy comes into play.
Foot surgery can cause you to miss your usual workouts for weeks or even months. You rely heavily on your feet to walk, get you from place to place, and complete your everyday activities, so recovery can be difficult. Luckily, there are some great exercises that you can do to stay fit and strengthen your foot after surgery.
Not all orthopaedic sports and spine injuries require surgery, and many can be treated with non-operative methods. While these treatments are less invasive than surgical procedures and require less preparation, it’s still important to be informed so you know what to expect. Most are performed in an outpatient setting, so recovery time and pain is minimal.