How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Joints

Joint_HealthWhether you have already undergone joint surgery or are about to do so, physical therapy may be part of your future. This essential tool for joint health should be considered a necessity for both surgical patients and those battling arthritis. 

Rebuild Muscle Strength

Your joints rely on your muscle strength to bear some of the burden of your every day movements. Walking, bending and taking the stairs are much easier when your muscles can handle some of the workload. Physical therapy, especially after joint surgery, helps to restore strength in muscles that may have withered. Your joints will be able to share more of the stress of activity and you’ll feel more comfortable. Your therapist can show you how to properly enter and exit a vehicle or get up from a seated position by using your stronger joints to help those that need strength improvement.

Regain Flexibility

After joint surgery you may feel stiff and uncomfortable due to swelling and inactivity. By completing a course of physical therapy, you will have improved range of motion and better joint performance. Your trained physical therapist has a wide variety of exercises that will help lengthen your muscles and soft tissues without causing unnecessary pain or damage to your joints. Increased flexibility also helps you avoid injury since you’re more stable and can move and stretch more effectively. 

Reduce Joint Pain

It’s a conundrum — you may be hesitant to be active because of your joint pain, but your joint pain will improve with activity. Physical therapy helps get your joints moving in the safest manner possible, which encourages fluid movement through the joints. The result? Less pain and joints that operate more smoothly and comfortably. Your therapist may also employ heat and cold therapy or ultrasound technology to reduce joint swelling and related pain. 

Physical therapy is a must for patients after joint surgery, but is also an excellent tool for those wishing for conservative treatments or who have arthritis. Your orthopedic professional can review your case to see if physical therapy would benefit your joint health.  

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