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5 Reasons Physical Therapy Is An Excellent Treatment Option

You Don’t Have To Live In Pain Forever!

Is your everyday life being affected by acute or chronic pain? Are you struggling to recover from back pain, joint pain, or an injury caused by a car accident? Whatever condition you might be facing, our clinic doors are open. We encourage you to contact Arroyo Grande Physical Therapy today and schedule an appointment with a physical therapist.

Our physical therapists specialize in improving human movement and flexibility. We offer many non-invasive, natural, safe modalities and techniques to help our patients. Our goal is not only to treat your pain symptoms, but to find the source of your pain and eliminate the issue once and for all.

Read these five ways working with a physical therapist can help you get your active, normal lifestyle back!

1. Your Physical Therapy Treatment Is Customizable

Choosing the physical therapy route means your plan of care and recovery will be completely customized to fit your needs. The main objectives of any physical therapy care plan is to address a patient’s physical goals, pinpoint and treat the pain source, optimize the patient’s ability to function independently, and set him or her up for long-term success.

These outcomes can be achieved through the following kinds of physical therapy techniques:
  • Neuromuscular re-education, for example, balance training
  • Dry-needling, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, diathermy, orthotics and prosthetics, and kinesio taping
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Manual therapy, such as joint mobilizations and massage therapy
Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough checkup and look at your medical history. Then you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan, and the healing can begin! Your plan is adapted to address your specific needs and ideal lifestyle. The success of the plan relies on your feedback throughout the treatment process, which gives you more control in your recovery.
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2. You don’t have to worry about bad side effects with physical therapy.

Physical therapy techniques require less downtime, can be changed, and are safe for use on people of all ages. As opposed to solutions like medications and invasive procedures, physical therapy services have a very low risk of side effects while remaining highly effective for reducing soreness, inflammation, pain, and swelling. Physical therapy is also helpful with recovery in regards to injury, illness, and disease. Why opt for negative side effects of over-the-counter medications and opioid prescriptions when something much safer is available to you?

3. Physical therapy is a better option than opioids.

Did you know that the CDC actually recommends utilizing the benefits of physical therapy before even trying opioids for acute and chronic pain management? It’s a no brainer!

The current opioid abuse epidemic in our country suggests that these potentially harmful drugs are frequently overprescribed. According to the National Institute of Health, “Opioid pain relievers can be effective in treatment for relieving pain. However, regular use can lead to dependence, and misuse of opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents and possibly, death.”

Treatment modalities used in physical therapy are also “evidence-based,” meaning they are tested in scientific research studies in order to ensure that they are effective and safe. Again, this just goes to show that there is little to no risk to start your physical therapy treatment.
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4. A physical therapist can identify underlying problems contributing to your pain.

Your physical therapist’s ultimate goal is to identify and solve underlying issues contributing to your painful condition. These issues could very well be increasing your risk of chronic pain. A physical therapist won’t just mask your pain the way prescription medication will.

Common factors of underlying conditions include scar tissue, range of motion limitations, shortened muscles, impaired body mechanics and ergonomics, problems moving certain muscles, and improper posture.

If these kinds of issues go untreated, best case scenario, your pain relief will be short-term.

Through patient education services, exercise programs and other treatment techniques, your physical therapist can address the symptoms and causes of your condition, and get you back on track to leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

5. Your functional mobility, capacity and performance will improve with physical therapy.

Our physical therapy team can manage your injury and assess any underlying conditions now, as well as help prevent injury in the future.

Physical therapy can also improve your core stability, endurance, coordination, agility, and other physical skills that can better your athletic performance. This is vital for young people who are very active or involved in athletics, as well as elderly people trying to avoid age-related health problems.

It’s time to stop living in pain…

Are you ready to find some long-lasting relief and stop settling for constant discomfort and pain? Call our office today to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. You don’t have to keep dealing with your pain alone, and there are so many more options for pain management out there!