How Physical Therapists Can Help You Get Back in the Game

How Physical Therapists Can Help You Get Back in the Game

When patients come to Arizona Bone and Joint, their treatment plan often includes physical therapy. That’s because we know how important physical therapy can be in helping patients recover and we’ve seen how well it works for so people.

We offer physical therapy on-site at both our Phoenix and Scottsdale offices. Our physical therapists are experienced at developing customized treatment plans for patients who need help with a variety of issues, including:

  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Balance problems
  • Chronic pain conditions, including arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Injuries from auto accidents, workplace accidents, or other trauma

Our physical therapists have multiple tools at their disposal. Below is a description of some of the treatments they may suggest if you’re referred for physical therapy.

  • Therapeutic exercises and activities: Your therapist may show you how to perform exercises that strengthen and stretch muscles around your area of injury and help you regain strength and range of motion. For best results, you’ll also need to do these exercises at home.
  • Soft tissue mobilization. Your therapist may use this technique to help break up scar tissue, relax muscle tension, and move tissue fluids to help you more fully recover.
  • Dry needling. In this treatment, the therapist inserts very small solid filament needles into the skin and muscle. No substances are injected using the needles, hence the term “dry” needling. The treatment is designed to increase blood flow, relax “trigger points,” and interrupt the pain cycle. It can help stimulate your body’s natural healing processes.
  • Myofascial release. This treatment focuses on the myofascial tissues that wrap and connect your muscles. The therapist will attempt to loosen myofascial areas that feel stiff and may be restricting muscle and joint movement, leading to pain. The therapist will use pressure and stretching to loosen the tissues.
  • Joint Mobilization. Your therapist may use joint mobilization to attempt to loosen up restricted joints, which can improve joint function and range of motion and decrease pain.
  • Ultrasound. This treatment is used to help relieve pain and improve healing by generating deep heat in muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments, 
  • Electrical stimulation. Your therapist may recommend electrical stimulation to prompt muscle contractions, which can help rebuild strength, and to interrupt pain signals and improve circulation.
  • Gait training. This treatment can help improve your ability to walk and reduce your risk of falls. The therapist may work with you to strengthen muscles, improve your balance and posture, and build endurance.

These are just a few of the techniques our physical therapists may use to help you recover and get back to more fully participating in your normal activities.

If you could benefit from working with a physical therapist, please give us a call. In addition to working with our own patients, we accept outside referrals and are happy to work with your current physician to design a program that works for you.

Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists is located in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, with convenient on-site services including physical therapy and imaging. For more information, make an appointment by calling the Scottsdale office at 602-493-9361 or the Phoenix office at 602-863-2040

The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.