Physical Therapy Awareness, Benefits, & Options

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The goal of this month is to educate people on the many methods and benefits of physical therapy for an extremely diverse set of health issues. Starting at a very basic level, physical therapy is a medical practice that “aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better” (WebMD). The list of medical conditions that can benefit from physical therapy treatment is vast – treatment options include pain relief and management, sports injury recovery/prevention, injury rehabilitation, improved mobility, and chronic illness management, to name a few (WebMD).

physical therapy, surgery alternativesWhy Physical Therapy

Physical therapists employ techniques to promote movement capabilities, reduce pain, and improve overall function (APTA). The intervention of physical therapy can help patients to avoid surgery for injuries such as meniscal tears, knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, and degenerative disk disease (APTA). Another largely discussed benefit of physical therapy is that it offers an alternative to opioids for the treatment of pain. The opioid epidemic is widely known, and opioid use includes the risk depression, overdose, and addiction (APTA). On the lighter side, physical therapists also focus on preventative care; including the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles to maintain recovery and prevent future injury.

Your Local Physical Therapy Choice

The goal of a physical therapist is to empower their patients by actively participating in their recovery and ultimately achieving results to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve overall quality of life. Our Optivus physical therapists achieve exceptional results for our patients by creating conservative, individualized care plans that address the unique needs and abilities of each patient.

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Optivus physical therapists are experts in the field, and specialize in the treatment of upper body, lower body, and back and neck conditions. We also provide specialized care options that are hard to find elsewhere; including aquatic therapy, pain education, and TMJ/TMD care (view our full list of services). It is incredibly important to us to promote a conservative, effective approach to overall wellness and feeling your best. Stop in or make an appointment to learn more and to meet our incredible staff!