Why Avoiding Physical Therapy Only Hurts You

by | Oct 25, 2017 | Baltimore Physical Therapy, Returning to Sports, Sports Specific Rehabilitation | 0 comments

Taking Advantage of Your Physical Therapy

If your doctor has recommended physical therapy, then obviously you have an injury or another issue that hasn’t responded well to other treatments. Deciding whether or not to go to physical therapy can sometimes be a difficult decision for many reasons. One important reason is the fact that you need to have a certain amount of free time, as sessions are about an hour long each, and usually during the day. Physical therapy sessions typically run approximately three days each week, for several weeks. Your doctor will determine how many sessions your specific condition requires.

Physical therapy can help you tremendously, so not going shouldn’t really be an option. Your doctor is a medical professional specially trained in treating various conditions, and if he or she believes that exercising will help, then you should listen. Not only can it enable you to return to your original level of functioning, but it can accelerate the healing process. An injury might take 8 – 10 weeks to heal without physical therapy. However, by opting to attend physical sessions, your injury could heal weeks sooner, or even in half the time. That can enable you to resume your normal level of functioning at a much faster rate.

Another benefit of following your doctor’s recommendations is that you can possibly decrease the chances of arthritis developing in the injured area. Bones that have been fractured or broken have a tendency to set up arthritis in the future, which can be life-long. Exercising with a physical therapist can assist with increasing flexibility and improving muscle strength, both which can result in a dramatic reduction in arthritic pain and discomfort.

Even if you’re of very advanced age, mobility and preventing falls is very important for independence and maximum quality of life. In both these cases, physical exercises can help a great deal. There is no need to settle for using a wheelchair, as physical therapists can engage you in exercises that will stretch and strengthen muscles, allowing you to improve, if not fully restore your mobility. If you’re prone to falls, going for reconditioning can help minimize the likelihood of falling in the future.

By deciding not to follow your doctor’s recommendations, you can severely limit the use of the part of your body that is in question. For instance, if you break your arm, once it has completely mended, you might experience residual pain and stiffness. That is where physical therapy will come in handy, as it can gently exercise the arm, strengthening the muscles and dramatically improving flexibility, while reducing pain.

 

 

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