Is physical therapy painful?

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Is physical therapy painful?

New techniques in medicine and physical therapy have significantly reduced the pain and disability encountered after an injury or surgery. working on an injured body part can be somewhat uncomfortable, but patients who avoid formal rehabilitation are inviting more stiffness, pain and long term disability. q. how long does it take? the nature and extent of the problem determines how many sessions you will need. restoring functional use to an injured body part, or returning your body to a pain-free state occurs at different rates for different people. (your insurance company may also have additional guidelines regarding the extent of your physical therapy coverage.) therapist-recommended home exercises will also speed your recovery.

For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.

In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

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