Improve Your Flexibility and Mobility With Physical Therapy

It’s common to lose mobility and flexibility when you have a soft tissue injury, a fracture, or a chronic condition like arthritis. Pain, stiffness, and limitations can seriously interfere with work, daily activity, and exercise. 

But you don’t have to surrender to dysfunction following injury, surgery, or disease.

Physical therapy helps you maintain or regain functional mobility so you can stand, walk, climb, and bend more easily. 

After surgery or an injury, our physical therapists at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists work with you to help restore your mobility and flexibility to a level that allows you to participate in the activities of daily living and get back to work and exercise. 

Some people with conditions like osteoarthritis benefit from ongoing physical therapy to stay mobile and self-sufficient.

Read on to learn how physical therapy works and why we recommend it often to our patients as part of their treatment plan.

Importance of mobility and flexibility

Mobility refers to the ability to move a muscle in multiple ways. When you have good mobility, you can perform movements without limitations in your range of motion. 

This means, for example, that you can reach your arms all the way overhead to put groceries away, climb stairs and walk without pain, or flex and rotate your wrists to open a jar or type on the computer.

Flexibility is your ability to lengthen a muscle so you aren’t stiff, tight, and in pain. When you’re inflexible, it affects your mobility and limits your range of motion. Scar tissue, tight muscle fibers, and inflamed connective tissue inhibit flexibility. 

How physical therapy helps

Our orthopedic physical therapists at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists treat injuries and diseases affecting the muscles, ligaments, fascia, tendons, and bones. 

We might recommend physical therapy to help you heal from fractures, sprains, tendinitis, and bursitis. Physical therapy is also important following surgery, whether it’s for a condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, joint replacement, or biceps tendon repair

Physical therapy helps you regain mobility after surgery or injury. 

Injury, surgery, and disease cause you to lose strength and flexibility, which affects your overall mobility. Treatments are gradual and progressive to ensure you don’t do too much too soon and reinjure yourself.

Our therapists evaluate your current mobility and then guide you through appropriate exercises that help improve strength and flexibility in problematic areas. Sometimes physical therapy is enough to help you heal and manage so you avoid surgery or can delay the need for an invasive procedure.

Modalities that improve mobility and flexibility

When you think of physical therapy, you may envision a therapist putting you through a regimen of exercises to help with function. While this is part of a physical therapy protocol, there’s much more to it.

Physical therapy may include ultrasound to encourage greater circulation and electrical stimulation to reduce pain and improve functional capabilities. Hot and cold therapy may be delivered in a strategic way to optimize healing and pain relief. 

Physical manipulation, such as manual stretching of the muscles around a joint, and massage are also parts of physical therapy. 

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, physical therapy is an integral part of our treatment programs. Contact us in Bethesda or Germantown, Maryland, to find out how you can benefit. We’re here to help with all of your orthopedic concerns.

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