As we get older, many of us develop aches, pains, and similar health concerns. Some stem from sports injuries when we were younger, others from repetitive work on a construction site, factory, or even an office setting. Many of these conditions can be effectively treated with physical therapy, and without the need to become dependent on painkillers or having risky and costly surgery. These days, more and more patients are opting for mobile physical therapy, rather than seeing the therapist at a clinic or hospital.
Physical therapy combines several elements to help the patient recover from an injury or conquer nagging pain or other problems in the body. Therapists typically use a series of exercises to stretch, stabilize, and strengthen the affected area(s) of the body. This is often combined with other types of treatment, such as massage, electronic stimulation, heat, and ice.
A wide range of conditions physical therapy has been known to treat, including but not limited to:
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Elbow Injuries
- Wrist Injuries
- Hip Conditions
- Knee Injuries
- Ankle Injuries
- Foot and Toe Injuries
During the initial visit with the therapist, a thorough examination is conducted to determine exactly what is going on and the root cause of the injury or condition. A series of exercises is then prescribed to put you on the path to recovery. In subsequent visits, the therapist examines the progress of the patient and makes any necessary adjustments to the treatment program. Usually, as the patient gains strength, more and/or different exercises are added to help accelerate the recovery process.
There are two things the patient must do to ensure that the treatment program is effective:
- Follow through on doing the exercises at home (as prescribed by the therapist)
- As much as is humanly possible, keep all appointments with the therapist
During recovery, momentum is critical. One exercise builds on the next, and before you know it, you begin to see success. If you fail to follow through on doing the exercises, or if you fail to keep your appointments, your progress can be lost, and it will take much longer for you to get back to full strength.
How Mobile Physical Therapy Helps Patients: There are times when it is difficult for patients to make it to the clinic or hospital for an appointment. For example, the pain may be worse on the day of an appointment, and they may not feel up to driving. If they are unable to find a ride or just don’t feel like traveling, this is when they most need to see the therapist. With mobile therapy, this dilemma is solved.
Mobile physical therapists treat patients in the comfort of their own home or office at a time that is most convenient for them. Because there is no need for the patient to travel, it is very easy to keep all appointments and smoothly progress through the treatment program. The cost is about the same (often less when you consider travel expenses), and the therapist is able to devote one-on-one attention to ensure that the patient is getting highly personalized service. These and other benefits make mobile physical therapy an increasingly preferred option for treating all types of health conditions.