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Physical Therapy Questions

What is physical therapy?

Individuals often enroll in physical therapy when the individual begins to experience health issues that make it difficult to be mobile or even to perform everyday life activities. Individuals may need physical therapy to help them move more efficient and even help to control some pain that the individual may be feeling. Physical therapy also helps individuals recover and re-establish their physical task and become more physically fit. Some individuals may need physical therapy after an injury or some delays that the individual has been born with. Physical therapy may be a common therapy for many individuals, however there are a few cases where physical therapy may be new to someone. Many questions may arise regarding physical therapy such as the physical therapy methods, the physical therapy process and when does an individual need physical therapy. Read below to find many commonly asked questions that have been answered by Experts regarding physical therapy.

Why might someone need physical therapy?

Often physical therapy may assist an individual with the help after a surgery or even injury. Often some doctors may recommend physical therapy for some long term health issues as well. Listed below are some reasons why an individual may need physical therapy:
• Severe back pain
• ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, tendon and/or ligament issues
• Osteoarthritis
• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
• Spinal stenosis
Parkinson’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis

If someone had tendonitis in their shoulder is physical therapy an effective treatment for long term?

Often, when an individual has tendinitis this may be a sign of a rotator cuff tendinitis. In some cases, individuals may need to speak with their physician in order to receive an MRI in order to determine if there is a tear in the tendon. In some cases, the individual may just need medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen or even Naproxen. In some situations physical therapy may be recommended in order to help strengthen the shoulder and the rotator cuff muscles. So with that being said, physical therapy may in fact be an effective long term treatment for tendinitis.

What is the physical therapy process for rotator cuff surgery for the right shoulder?

Often when an individual has undergone surgery for a rotator cuff, the physical therapy runs in different phases. Often during the first four to six weeks the individual may only be able to do passive motion. What this means is that the physical therapist may move the individuals arm and shoulder without the individuals help in order to maintain the flexibility within the joints. Often after a rotator cuff surgery along with physical therapy normally the healing process may take anywhere between 4 to 7 weeks. However this time period may vary depending on the individual. Normally, once the individual is bringing to gain strength and is able to move their arm on their own, then about the third month the physical therapy may then focus more on completely regaining the individual’s strength within the muscles.

Is it normal to have bruising after physical therapy within one week?

In some cases individuals may experience bruising from physical therapy, and in some cases this may not be as common but is not rare either; bruising in fact may happen from physical therapy. However, in most cases it may be very rare for the bruise to take a week to show up, unless in the case the bruise was very deep and just took a longer time to rise to the surface.

Physical therapy is a common therapy that many individual may need to enroll in after surgery, or even an injury. However many individuals may not know the physical therapy methods nor the process. In return this may cause many questions regarding the benefits of physical therapy and where an individual should go for physical therapy. For more information pertaining to physical therapy individuals may contact and Expert for reliable answers.

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