Why Physical Therapy Is So Important After Suffering an Injury

After suffering an injury, you may think that treatment ends after surgery. Or if you suffered a minor injury, you may think you don’t need treatment at all. But what you may not know is how physical therapy rounds out the healing process for all injuries (and can even prevent injuries in the first place). 

Jeffrey Klein, DC, and Marc Bobrowsky, DC, provide the highest level of physical therapy care at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness. Here’s why you shouldn’t skip physical therapy after suffering an injury.

What is physical therapy? 

Physical therapy (PT) is a type of health care that focuses on helping patients regain range of motion, improve flexibility, increase strength, and establish body awareness. Patients often seek PT after an injury, surgery, or disease that left them struggling with daily or recreational activities. 

What happens during physical therapy  

During a PT session, your physical therapist may help you perform gentle exercises, stretch your body, or manipulate soft tissue. You may practice balance exercises, strengthening exercises, or range of motion exercises. Your therapist may also use helpful tools to loosen up your muscles and joints, such as muscle rollers.

5 reasons why physical therapy is so important after an injury

If you’re still not convinced you need physical therapy after suffering an injury, here are five big reasons you shouldn’t skip out. 

  1. Your injury could worsen without physical therapy. 

Regardless of the type and severity of an injury, PT ensures that things don’t get worse. By regularly visiting a physical therapist, your provider can gain a clear understanding of the history of your injury and check for any abnormalities.

  1. You may not regain range of motion. 

After an injury, and especially after surgery, you may notice that you aren’t as flexible as you were before. This is because scar tissue forms and soft tissue contracts after an injury. If you skip out on PT, you may never regain your pre-injury range of motion. Your therapist helps you stretch your muscles and mobilize your joints to keep you flexible and moving well. 

  1. You may lose significant strength. 

Like mobility, strength suffers after an injury. A physical therapist chooses exercises specifically tailored for the areas you need to strengthen. Performing them under supervision and at home ensures you regain your strength.

  1. Your injury may heal wrong. 

Sometimes our bodies don’t heal in the right way. For example, your injury may spur the production of scar tissue, which is usually a good thing. But if your body produces too much scar tissue in a particular area, you could suffer more pain and limited range of motion. Your physical therapist can look out for signs like those and shift the course of treatment to be more appropriate.

  1. You may struggle to return to sports. 

If you’re an athlete, PT can help you get back in the game faster. In fact, you may struggle to return to sports at all if you don’t seek physical therapy after an injury.

To learn more about physical therapy at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness, call our New York City office at 646-859-6126 or book an appointment online

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