Joint injuries can happen just about anytime, to anyone and any joint in your body. Joint injuries also vary in severity, so treatment for one is not treatment at all. Experiencing a joint injury is not only painful when it occurs, but if not treated properly, can have painful lifelong consequences of muscle atrophy, permanent joint pain and recurrent injury. Here is a breakdown of what good physical therapy can do for a patient recovering from a joint injury.
Reduced healing time
Physical therapy is essential to a speedy recovery. It will get the joints used to moving again, and strengthen the surrounding muscles preventing future injuries. Your physiotherapist can massage, and manipulate the joint, allowing blood flow, which promotes healing. You should see a physical therapist as soon as you can during recovery to keep the joint moving and prevent stiffness. Patients also see physical therapists after joint surgery to regain and relearn the ways in which their joints function in record time. Physiotherapists will monitor your progress and adjust their treatment plan to suit your specific needs as a patient.
Range of mobility
Joints are the area in between two or more bones, which allows for bodily movement. Damage to any part of the joint will result in reduced mobility. Damage to joint results in less range of motion, but so does keep a joint immobilized. While after an injury, the last thing you might want to do is move your injured joint, a therapist will help you do so safely. Without working the joint, you will lose muscle mass in the surrounding area, which is hard to regain once lost. Seeing a physical therapist after an injury can restore and even increase the amount and ways you can move your body.
One of the best benefits of physical therapy after a joint injury is the pain relief. Physical therapy stimulates circulation and can aid in swelling, inflammation, along with bothersome pain in and around the joint following an injury. Don’t be surprised though, if, after physical therapy, the pain is not immediately gone. On occasion, you may even experience slight soreness after a session, but you should not be in aggravating pain. If you experience pain during physiotherapy, let your therapist know immediately in order to avoid additional complications to your existing injury.
Now that you know how important physical therapy is to joint injury treatment, it’s time to find the treatment plan and routine that is right for you. Let the physiotherapists at Oshawa Wellness clinic create a solutions based plan that caters to your specific recovery needs. We work with injuries of all degrees, and are focused on body restoration. Call us today to set up a consultation or if you have any more questions about joint injuries!