Physical Therapy Clinic Questions and Answers
Physical therapy will help you on the road to recovery. At NuHope we have therapists who offer physical therapy sessions that will help you achieve your goals and help you deal with your pain. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online! We serve patients from San Antonio TX, Alamo Heights TX, Leon Valley TX, Kirby TX, Terrell Hills TX, Olmos Park TX, and Castle Hills TX.
Physical Therapy (PT) is an effective method to reduce pain and increase mobility without adding medications. Professionally supervised movements increase blood flow to promote healing and decrease pain. Our experienced therapists combine stretching, manipulation, and mechanical modalities to alleviate pain sensations and calm the body’s nervous system, so it is less responsive to pain signals. Treatment is targeted to the parts of the body most affected and at an intensity most appropriate for you- the patient. In addition to the latest equipment, you might find in a top tier fitness center, we have technologies that reduce anxiety, which reduces pain, and other technologies that reduce inflammation which also reduces pain. Pain is a four-letter word we work hard to eradicate.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have pain, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. Physical therapy can help you return to your prior level of functioning and it helps encourage lifestyle and activity changes that may help prevent further injury and improve overall well-being and health. Physical therapy may help reduce or eliminate pain, and it may help you with avoiding surgery. Physical therapy sessions involve three components: Assessment and examination, diagnosis, and the implementation of a treatment plan with the goal of reducing pain, restoring mobility, and regaining regular function.
How can physical therapy help?
A trained medical professional may closely evaluate and help treat abnormal physical function related to a disease, condition, disability, or an injury. Some common conditions that can benefit from this treatment include sports related injuries; neurological conditions, such as spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis; musculoskeletal dysfunction, including rotator cuff tears, back pain, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders); hand therapy for conditions like trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome; cardiopulmonary conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases); and pediatric conditions and developmental delays, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. A big selling point for physical therapy among doctors and patients is that it offers pain management with the reduced need for opioids.
Can early physical therapy help reduce opioid use?
Many doctors who follow a holistic treatment approach in medication and pain management, may recommend that opioids should not be the first and only method in treating pain. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association supports this approach: researchers found that patients who were treated by a physical therapist immediately following their diagnosis for the four most common conditions – knee pain, back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain – were less likely to be prescribed opioids later in their treatment episode. The bottom line is that early physical therapy could be a viable option for a number of conditions, especially if it prevents long-term opioid use as a treatment goal. Physical therapists help empower patients to be active participants in their own treatment plan, helping reduce pain and helping a patient on their road to recovery.
How will NuHope help me with my pain?
If you are experiencing pain, such as chronic pain, our team at NuHope will meet with you to discuss your goals and options for care. More importantly, our Physical Therapists will assess your condition, conduct and examination, and then may offer a treatment plan. You will be directly involved in the plan – from start to finish – and we are not here to mask the pain, but instead treat it so that you are pain free. Physical therapy is proven as a safer alternative to better managing pain, and we offer patient-education and hands-on care and by increasing physical activity you may also reduce the risk of other chronic diseases.
We welcome you to contact us through our website and we are here to help with a plan to improve and maximize your movement while helping to treat pain.