Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80% of adults and adolescents do not get enough despite the proven benefits. Luckily, you don't have to spend hours at the gym or purchase expensive equipment for your home to meet the recommended exercise guidelines. Try finding leisure time for physical activities that you enjoy and begin performing them regularly. Something as simple as walking the dog helps.
Movement is imperative to your health, quality of life, and independence. But for some people, pain can make movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek care. If pain or a condition limits your ability to engage in daily physical activity or if you want to reduce your risk for chronic disease, enhance your fitness, and prevent injuries, consider adding a physical therapist to your personal care team.
What is Physical Therapy?
What do you think of when people say physical therapy? Most people usually associate it with someone who was injured. For example, someone who was in a bad car accident or suffered from a stroke might use physical therapy to recover. But physical therapy isn't just for those who suffer from injuries. PT can help anyone looking to improve their mobility, manage pain and chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.
Physical therapists (PT) are movement experts who can improve patients' quality of life through exercise regiments, hands-on care, and education. They will assess your current ability and review your goals to create a treatment plan to meet your needs. Physical therapy assistants (PTA) provide care under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. PTAs can teach patients how to exercise for mobility, strength, and coordination and train patients for walking with crutches, canes, or walkers. PTs and PTAs work in hospitals or out-patient settings, healthcare practices (like Community Care Physical Therapy), fitness facilities, nursing homes, and so on. This makes it easy to access physical therapy services from almost anywhere. PTs and PTAs can work collaboratively with the rest of your health care team to ensure you receive the best care.
Why Choose Physical Therapy?
Substitute for Surgery
One common reason someone may use physical therapy is to avoid surgery. Since surgery is often expensive and invasive, many patients would prefer to avoid it if possible. For example, if you were injured or are suffering from conditions like meniscal tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease, physical therapy has actually been found to be as effective as surgery.
Physical therapy is also being used more and more in cases of pain management instead of prescribing opioids. This is because the CDC is encouraging health care practitioners to recommend safer alternatives for their patients. Opioids can cause depression, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and, in some cases, overdose, which can cause death. Physical therapy is one of the CDC's safer alternatives to help patients manage long-term pain since it may work better and has fewer risks and side effects.
Recovery and Injury Prevention
Physical therapy is also recommended for those recovering from an injury and need to strengthen their movements. This can include anyone who has suffered from an accident or condition that has caused mobility issues that impact their daily lives. Somebody can also use PT on a more long-term basis if a patient is considered a high risk of re-injuring themselves. People who play sports or have physically demanding jobs may utilize this service.
General Mobility Concerns
Patients who are older or suffering from health conditions that affect their daily movement can also benefit from seeing a physical therapist. Fall prevention is essential as these falls can cause injury, loss of independence, and, in extreme cases, even death. PTs can also help with general mobility concerns, especially when mobility issues affect a patient's quality of life. If you suffer from mobility issues, you should have a conversation with your primary care practitioner to determine whether you could benefit from seeing a physical therapist. If you need PT services, then consider using Community Care Physical Therapy.
About Community Care Physical Therapy
Community Care Physical Therapy is here to help you on your journey to recovery. Our office gives patients an alternative to hospitals and big rehabilitation centers. Our physical therapists are known in the Capital Region for their professionalism, expertise, and personal attention to patients. We help patients rehabilitate after injuries or surgery, make positive changes in their lifestyle, regain control over their bodies, and put them on the path to healthier, stronger lives. We offer the following services:
• Treatment of pain due to injury, surgery, disease, or the everyday wear and tear of aging
• Back and neck rehabilitation
• Latest rehabilitative equipment
• Therapeutic exercise and various manual treatments
• Supervised modalities for pain and swelling as well as traction
Community Care Physical Therapy offers custom-tailored programs to meet each individual's specific needs. With Capital Region locations in Latham and Delmar, you can find a site that's convenient for you. We offer ample parking in a non-hospital, private environment so you can feel most comfortable. Our physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are highly trained and experienced. They will help you set realistic and measurable goals so you can keep track of your progress. We look at symptoms and treat the entire patient, understanding that everyone is unique, and every person is different. We can help you on your journey and help treat acute and chronic pain syndromes and acute injuries resulting from work, sports, or accidents.
Our highly trained physical therapists share a common goal – to work with people who have injuries, illnesses, or conditions using modern physical therapy techniques. We work closely with you and your doctor every step of the way. We look forward to helping you get back to your healthy lifestyle quickly and safely. Visit the Community Care Physical Therapy website to meet the team and learn more about the practice!