Why Should I Choose To Go To Physical Therapy?

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Why Should I Choose Physical Therapy?

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Are you having aches and pains?

Do you have issues with your mobility?

Maybe, you’re recovering from or planning surgery?

And you want to know whether physical therapy is the right choice for you. 

Physical therapy is a natural, non-invasive treatment that can help you manage issues without resorting to pain pills or dangerous surgeries if you act quickly and consult a Physical Therapist at the first sign of symptoms.

The “watch and wait” strategy doesn't really apply to physical therapy. It is much more effective as a preventative measure to stop the progression of degenerative conditions like arthritis.

But don't worry. We can also help you recover from long-standing problems.

Young or old, physical therapy can help with a multitude of issues – from physical illnesses and medical conditions to post-surgical orthopedic rehab and even neurological rehabilitation after brain injury.

We help with most anything that limits your ability to move well and perform daily tasks. We can also work with you to maximize your performance in your chosen sport and prevent and treat injuries. 

When you choose physical therapy, our fully individualized treatment programs help you improve your physical function and mobility, overcome obstacles, and live life to its maximum potential, whatever that looks like for you – with a marked improvement in your general health as an added bonus. 

We also offer a specialist pediatric service to help children with not meeting milestones (Gross motor delay), abnormal gait (walking on toes, flat-footed or “pigeon-toed”), “Wry neck” or irregular head shape and congenital or genetic disabilities, and many other aspects of development and physical function. 

Flat Feet Correction Exercise

For older adults or people with balance problems, physical therapy can be crucial for improving balance and reducing the risk of falls.

In particular, if a physician has told you that you have an issue with your vestibular system – the sensory system inside your body that sends vital information on your surroundings back to the brain and helps to maintain balance – and have issues with vertigo or feeling dizzy, physical therapy can play a pivotal role in helping to improve your symptoms.

We can quickly put an end to the sickness and feeling like the room is spinning – using specialist maneuvers and a range of exercises. You don't have to put up with it. 

Older adults are also at higher risk of knee or hip replacement surgery due to degenerative conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis.

Again, physical therapy is ideally suited to treating these conditions and halting their progression.

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What Can Physical Therapy Exactly Help With?

Elderly home care
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lymphedema after cancer treatment
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament tears
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • ACL and PCL injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis and golfers’ elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis and heel pain
  • Plus much more...

But let’s look at some of the more general benefits of physical therapy.

What Are The Benefits Of Physical Therapy?

Woman with knee injury in the clinic

There are many, probably too many, to mention in this blog. Plus, the benefits tend to be specific to your problem. But the main benefits of choosing physical therapy are:

Less pain:

One of the major benefits of physical therapy is how it can reduce and (depending on the cause) eliminate pain.

The therapeutic exercises we guide you through, combined with hands-on massage joint and soft tissue manipulation, all contribute to lower pain levels.

Unlike pain pills, the reduction/elimination of pain is long-lasting and permanent, not temporary. In most cases we can help you eliminate the pain for good, so you never have to endure it again.  

It keeps you off the surgeon’s table:

If you consult with a Physical Therapist at the first sign of trouble, we can take preventative steps to stop any further progression of whatever is causing your pain or mobility problems.

This strategy stops you from having to go under the surgeon's knife. But even if you need surgery, physical therapy before and after surgery can help you heal better and recover faster.

Pre-surgery, we help you strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility, and minimize pain as much as possible which will reduce your post-surgical recovery time.

We also teach you how to use crutches and whatever else you might need so you're prepared for everything.

We know that when patients take the time to "prehab," their recovery is much easier and quicker than it would be otherwise. 

After the surgery, we work on increasing your range of motion and improving your stability, strength, and stamina. Finally, we help you get everything moving well again, so you can get back to living pain-free. 

It helps you move better: 

If you struggle to sit or stand for long periods or find walking and/or exercising difficult, physical therapy can improve your mobility and help you move better.

We use a range of strengthening exercises and stretching movements that work in tandem to improve your movement, muscle strength, and stamina.

If you need extra assistance, we also work with you to find and fit the best assistive devices for your needs. 

It helps you recover from illness:

After a serious illness, chemotherapy, or a medical emergency like a stroke, you can lose muscle strength and mobility due to periods of inactivity and the effects of the illness and/or the treatment.

Physical therapy can help you work towards recovery and restoration of your previous levels of physical function by strengthening weak muscles, increasing blood and oxygen flow around your body, and increasing your confidence. 

It helps you recover from an injury:

It doesn't matter how you sustain the injury in the first place – whether it was a trip, slip, or fall because of a vehicle accident or on the sports field.

A broken bone, sprained ankle, or soft tissue injury. We can help reduce the pain and inflammation, heal the affected tissues, and get you moving again.

We can also educate you on how to avoid injuries in the future – especially if they happened while you were at work, running, or taking part in any other type of sport. 

It can help you control blood sugar and manage diabetes:

It’s well known that exercising can help control high blood sugar more effectively.

Diabetes can also affect your legs and feet, which can make you more anxious about exercising, and/or exercising might be painful.

Your feet can get cracked and dry. You may also have numbness, tingling, and/or loss of sensation.

Or worse still, when you have diabetes, you can develop ulcers and open wounds that make walking impossible, never mind exercise.

We help you look after your feet and reduce aches, pains, and other symptoms, so you can enjoy exercising again and manage your blood sugar better.

But even if you don’t have symptoms and your blood sugar is well controlled, we still recommend that you book a consultation with one of our Diabetic Foot & Ankle specialists for some advice on getting specialty shoes with extra depth and cushioning or and get fit for custom diabetic inlays to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. 

Talk To A Physical Therapist 

female physical therapist talking to patient

Are you unsure whether physical therapy is the right choice for you?

Still have questions?

At Cardin & Miller, we can help you move, feel, and live better without any type of pill, steroid, or nerve-blocking injection, which keeps you out of your physician's office and off the surgeon's table.

Instead, we love to help people live the life they truly deserve instead of continually battling chronic pain and other uncomfortable symptoms without invasive or painful treatments.

If you're tired of daily pain, you can talk to a member of the team here at Cardin & Miller about why choosing physical therapy might be beneficial for your specific set of circumstances.

We offer a free 30-minute consultation with a Physical Therapist – with zero obligation to book further treatment. You can book yours here.

Or, if you want to know more about costs and availability at our Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, or Flowers Drive clinics, you can inquire here. 

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Steve has been practicing Outpatient, Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the Central Pennsylvania region since 1994. His academic history includes undergraduate work at Central Pennsylvania College and Lock Haven University, graduate studies at the University of Findlay, and pedorthic certification from Temple University. By combining his education and years of experience, Steve has been able to provide individual physical therapy and pedorthic services to his patients for over 15 years. Steve has been to more that 20 continuing education courses during that span, with the focus being on orthopedics, pedorthic implementation, and foot/ankle injuries. He utilizes a combination of McKenzie, manual therapies, and functional exercise in the treatment of clients with all types orthopedic maladies.
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