Why Physical Therapy Is Recommended While Recovering From an Injury

Immediately following an injury, you have swelling, pain, and decreased ability to move. But after these immediate responses, you need to help your body along to heal from an injury.

You need a lot of patience while healing. You also benefit from physical therapy, which helps your body’s natural healing process so you can return to normal. With physical therapy, you have less recovery time and a fuller restoration of movement.

Restore range of motion

In the first days or weeks following your injury, physical therapy focuses on restoring range of motion with assistance. Swelling, pain, and immobility after you’ve been hurt can make returning to movement painful. A physical therapist can help you push through discomfort, and they know just how much to push.

You benefit from therapies such as rest, icing, and compression — these help control inflammation so you can move on to other stages of healing. Gentle stretching exercises that mobilize stiff muscles and connective tissue are also a focus.

Set a timetable

A physical therapist from Maryland Orthopedic Specialists can help you understand what to expect during the recovery process. It’s easy to get impatient and want to get better, yesterday.

Recovering from injury is a process, however, and sometimes takes longer than you think it should.

When you’re seeing a physical therapist, they set a schedule for you so you don’t do too much too soon and set your recovery back or re-injure yourself.

Physical therapy can also help you avoid too much rest. When you’re healing from an injury, it’s tempting to avoid activity — after all, your injury hurts. A physical therapist mixes rest with proper activity to help you restore movement.

Build strength and endurance

Physical therapy also helps restore your muscles’ stamina and strength. Strong muscles provide more support to injured joints — assisting the healing process. Building the appropriate muscle strength can take several weeks or months.

Physical therapists examine you to determine if you have weak, inflexible muscles that deter your recovery and put you at risk of re-injury. They help you train these muscles to keep you healthy in the future.

If you have permanent changes in function due to your injury, a physical therapist can also help you adapt to these changes and function as normally as possible.

Navigate setbacks

The road to recovery isn’t always straight and predictable. You’ll have good days and not-so-good days. A physical therapist can help you work through the tougher times so you don’t get discouraged and give up.

Full function

A physical therapist helps you return to the fullest possible function following an injury. They act like a mechanic, fine tuning every activity, whether you’re just looking to climb a flight of stairs or run a 5K.

Physical therapy is a vital part of healing from an injury. Whether you tore your Achilles tendon, had knee surgery, or experience chronic problems with your plantar tendon, physical therapy can help you recover and prevent future problems.

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, we help people at our Bethesda and Germantown offices heal and return to the fullest possible function as soon as possible. To take advantage of our skilled providers, call or book an appointment using this website.

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