8 Conditions that Benefit from Physical Therapy

8 Conditions that Benefit from Physical Therapy

You’ve injured your shoulder on the links, or you’ve just had surgery on your feet, and you need to get mobile again — these are just two examples of problems that can benefit from physical therapy (PT)

To give you an idea of the many applications of this approach to your health, Jason LaMendola, PT, and the team of experienced physical therapy experts at TLC Physical Therapy review eight examples in which physical therapy plays an important role.

1. Sports injuries

When you engage in sports, your risks for musculoskeletal issues do rise somewhat, though these risks are nothing compared with the benefits of physical activity for your overall health. To keep you active and to help you heal more quickly, much of our physical therapy focuses on sports injuries, which include:

No matter how you injure yourself, the odds are very good that physical therapy can get you back in the game more quickly.

2. Arthritis

More than 92 million adults in the United States report doctor-diagnosed arthritis or arthritis symptoms, namely joint pain and inflammation. Through physical therapy, we help you preserve strength and mobility in your joints at the same time as we reduce the pain.

3. Post-surgical healing

Physical therapy is a crucial part of the healing and rehab process, whether you’ve undergone a bunionectomy, a ligament repair, or any other orthopedic surgery. Specifically, in 2020, there were about two million hip or knee replacement surgeries in the US, and most every patient underwent physical therapy to regain joint use.

4. Temporomandibular joint (TMJs) disorders

Your TMJs are the tiny joints on either side of your jaw. When these joints become inflamed or malfunctioning, it can lead to many discomforts. Through PT, we can reduce the pain and improve function in your TMJs.

5. Fall prevention

Falling among the elderly is a clear and present danger — each year in the US, three million older adults are treated in emergency rooms for falls. Many of these falls can be prevented through targeted physical therapy focusing on strength and balance.

6. Vertigo

Vertigo can occur for many reasons, from strokes to inner ear problems. To help you regain balance, we have a vestibular specialist on staff who specializes in helping people to find equilibrium.

7. Repetitive use injuries

Many issues can cause discomfort outside of a direct injury, which perfectly describes repetitive use injuries. These injuries occur due to overstressing certain soft tissues. 

A great example is carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the nerve that passes through your wrist is compressed, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in your hands. Through PT, we work on nerve gliding exercises that help relieve the symptoms.

8. Pelvic floor dysfunction

Both men and women have a pelvic floor, a taut band of muscles supporting the pelvic organs. In women, this floor can especially weaken, leading to pelvic organ prolapse (certain organs, like the uterus or bladder, shift downward). We focus on exercises that target and strengthen the pelvic floor to preserve or re-establish support.

As you can see, PT can play an invaluable role in your health, and the list of eight examples above is hardly comprehensive.

If you want to learn whether your concern can benefit from PT, please contact one of our offices on the North and South Shores of Staten Island, in Englishtown, New Jersey, or Midtown Manhattan in New York City, to schedule a consultation.

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