Prevention: Physical Therapy’s Role in Preventing Injuries
May 15, 2019 designer

Prevention: Physical Therapy’s Role in Preventing Injuries

Posted in Physical Therapy

Seeing a physical therapist has many benefits and not all of them are related to treating injuries. Seeing a physical therapist is also beneficial for preventing injury especially for labor workers. Other benefits of physical therapy include preparing for surgery, promoting wellness, and reducing the risk of falling, improving posture, and treating chronic pain.

Prevent Injury

Body imbalances can predispose a person to injury. Strength and balance training can help facilitate the ability to perform daily physical and athletic activities.

Prepare You For Surgery

Pre-hab exercise programs include strength, range of motion, flexibility, aerobic and balance exercises that are conducted before surgery. Patients are less likely to require inpatient rehabilitation and often recover at a faster rate. In addition to improving the rate of successful surgical outcomes, pre-hab is also an opportunity to build a trusting relationship with your physical therapist. It also provides prospective patients with the opportunity to ask questions regarding post-operative management and become familiar with the clinic and associated staff.

Promote Health, Fitness and General Wellness

Physical Therapy is very broad and includes a variety of techniques that aid patients with strength, range of movement, and balance. Patients of all ages can benefit from physical therapy to keep their bodies in balance. Many therapists utilize a whole body approach to heal an individual patient’s unique orthopedic or neuromuscular condition and improve their functional capacity for daily tasks, work and fitness activities.

Improve Athletic Performance

Adherence to a sport-specific training program for athletes can be extremely beneficial in preventing injuries. These programs include warm-up exercises to perform before games and practices. You will learn about accurate body mechanics and sport-specific movements.

Help to Reduce Fall Risk

Physical therapists are trained to work closely with individuals who have a history of falls or feel unsteady on their feet. Working on specific balance activities and improving core strength will help to reduce the risk of falling fall risk and promotes independence.

Chronic-Pain Education and Management

Physical therapists help people who experience chronic pain with exercises that often focus on improving strength, flexibility and endurance through a graduated program. This can help to reduce pain, improve sleep, and promote the ability to take part in social, work, school, and recreational activities. A Physical therapist will also educate you on the mechanism of “chronic” pain, how it differs from “acute” pain, and how to manage your own pain.

Posture and Ergonomic Assessment

Physical therapists can teach you correct posture for using computers and cell devices.  They can also teach you how to maintain good posture in your daily life. This includes learning how to set up your desk for office workers and with body mechanics for people with more physical jobs.

We only have one body, so why not utilize experts in the human movement system to keep things moving?

(source Dee PT)

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