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7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy for Injury Recovery

7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy for Injury Recovery

Maybe it was an accident. You tripped and fell or tried to lift something heavy and strained your back. Or maybe it was something more traumatic, like a car accident or a sports injury. However you got hurt, you probably have one goal: healing. 

That can be easier said than done. Rushing the process can lead to reinjury while staying off the area completely can allow it to heal in improper alignment. There’s a sweet spot in the middle. Physical therapy can help you find it. 

That’s why Dr. Halina Snowball offers physical therapy here at Integrated Pain Solutions in Stamford, Connecticut. At our office, she can help you determine if your injury would benefit from adding physical therapy to your recovery plan. 

Physical therapy offers many benefits. Here are seven:

1. Support your healing process

Whether you strained a muscle, tore a tendon, misaligned a joint, or injured your body in another way, healing the injured area means two things: minimizing the resulting pain and restoring function there. 

As a physical therapist, Dr. Snowball helps with both. She tailors a plan to help you get from where you are now back to normal. She knows when you should push to strengthen the area and when you need rest. 

If you want to heal with an expert by your side, choose physical therapy. 

2. Minimize pain

Part of a physical therapist’s training focuses on addressing pain. Plus, here at Integrated Pain Solutions, Dr. Snowball can pair your physical therapy exercises with pain-moderating treatments like massage therapy and acupuncture to help you find more relief. 

3. Strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments

Choosing rest alone as you wait for your injury to heal can cause your tendons, muscles, and ligaments to get shorter. This weakens the area and makes it harder for your tissue to heal. 

To combat this, Dr. Swanson guides you through specific exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around your injury. With better support for the tissue in the area, you can get back to normal faster. 

4. Avoid surgery

If you’ve been told your injury might require surgery, talk to Dr. Snowball first. In some cases, physical therapy can help you avoid going under the knife. 

5. Promote mobility

You probably know someone who got hurt and has never physically been the same. Physical therapy helps you avoid that outcome, strengthening and stretching the right parts of your body to ensure you can keep moving comfortably. 

6. Improve flexibility and balance

Because physical therapy helps to keep your muscles, ligaments, and tendons lengthened and often incorporates stretches, it helps prevent stiffness and tightness. At the same time, it can help you build better balance. 

7. Prevent reinjury

Getting physical therapy for an injury means it heals the best way possible. This helps you avoid a chronic reinjury problem. If you don’t want to find yourself back in this situation again, talk to Dr. Snowball. 

To find out what physical therapy could do for your specific injury, call our office at 203-293-0549 or request an appointment online today.

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