Baltimore Physical Therapy Clinics
Most patients who go to Baltimore physical therapy clinics are struggling with pain and are seeking relief from that pain. Usually, when a patient has gotten to this point, the pain has been long-term or chronic and has had a significant detrimental impact on their life.
A physical therapist can help the patient get their life back by evaluating what the problem is and developing a personalized treatment plan for the patient to help provide relief from their pain and begin enjoying their life again. There a variety of different treatment methods a physical therapist may use on a patient. The following is a brief overview. For more detailed information and to schedule a consultation, contact LeMoine Physical Therapy.
What can physical therapy do for me?
Physical therapy is a nonsurgical treatment for pain caused by spondylosis otherwise known as spinal arthritis, degenerative disc disease, whiplash and other disorders. Physical therapy primarily focuses on spinal disorders however if you have other types of pain such as joint pain or muscle pain, physical therapy may be of help to you too. Physical therapy is often part of a treatment approach that can include medications and even spinal injections, and there are different types of physical therapy such as active and passive types that may be part of postoperative recovery after surgery in a hospital or an accident.
Sadly back and neck pain are one of the most common spinal problems that people experience, and 80% of the American population is believed to have back pain at some point in our lives. Physical therapy is helpful to everyone, even though people tend to think of physical therapy is something you only do if you’ve been in a really bad accident that requires rehabilitation.
But you may be wondering what exactly physical therapy is, and is considered to be conservative treatment of addressing healing and prevention of injuries and even disabilities. This is a great option if you want something that is a natural pain relief, because it promotes healing and restoring function of movement has been associated with your injury or disability. Physical therapy may also focus on ergonomic body mechanics training, fitness, wellness, and education and prevention. Because the more you are educated the more you can prevent injuries which can lead to disabilities that will last a lifetime.
Oftentimes patients believe that their physical therapy is going to teach them exercise that they know how to do on their own. This might be true, there might be some exercises that you can do on your own and you might think you know how to properly manage your pain and rehabilitation. However, if you are managing your pain inappropriately you are going to make it worse, and cause more serious dysfunction. A physical therapist is quite literally a specialist who is skilled and educated in proper rehabilitation of the body, and they are going to know how to work with you no matter what disability or injury you are dealing with and no matter what you need.
Different Treatment Options
There are many different treatment options available to patients at Baltimore physical therapy clinics. Treatment will depend on what the patient’s health issue is and what the goal of treatment is. For example, a patient who suffers from a degenerative joint disease may have a treatment goal of pain alleviation, while a patient who broke their leg may have a treatment goal of getting back to the physical condition they were in prior to their accident.
Exercises are usually part of a patient’s treatment plan and often include exercise the patient can also do at home. Some of the more common include:
- Active assistive range of motion exercises – Consists of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises targeted at areas that are weak.
- Active range of motion – Consists of exercises where the patient lifts or moves their body part against gravity.
- Isometric – Consists of exercises involving muscle contraction with moving joints.
- Isotonic – Consists of exercises involving muscle contraction through a range of motion using resistance.
- Passive range of motion – Consists of exercises moving the body part through a range of motion without using muscles.
- Progressive restrictive – Consists of exercise with the gradual increase of resistance and repetition using rubber bands or weights.
A physical therapist may also use other types of therapy, such as cryotherapy (cold) or heat therapy. Another common treatment option is neuromuscular electrical stimulation where electrical stimulation is used to decrease swelling, improve strength, decrease pain, and relieve muscle spasms. Many patients also receive ultrasound therapy that uses sound waves to vibrate the water molecules within the tissue of the affected area. This helps the tissues to heal.
Patients may also benefit from posture training and gait training. Posture is critical given the impact it can have on our joints, ligaments, muscles, and discs. Watching how a patient walks can also give a physical therapist insight into any potential issues that may be affecting them. Correcting an abnormal gait can also help alleviate symptoms.
Let Our Professionals Help
If you have been considering finding help from one of the physical therapy clinics in Baltimore, look no further than LeMoine Physical Therapy. Call our office to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you enjoy life again.