Why Physical Therapy is Important to Recovery
If you’ve experienced an injury or undergone surgery, physical therapy should be a part of your road to recovery. The Rehabilitation Team at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine is made up of physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers that specialize in pain relief, function and mobility restoration, and healing. If you wish to get back to normal following an injury or surgery, it’s easier to do so with the help of our trained and experienced professionals.
Our therapists and trainers are educated on the biomechanics of the body and they are fully aware of recovery expectations following specific injuries and surgeries. As a result they can detect weak or injured areas of the body, strengthen them, and give you a realistic expectation for recovery. Without physical therapy your injured or surgically repaired muscle, joint or ligament may never regain its strength and normal range of motion.
Types of Physical Therapy
There are many tools and techniques that are accessible to our physical therapists to make sure you properly and completely recover from an injury or surgery. When you visit our Physical Therapy Center you can expect to be treated with a variety of the following therapies:
• Strength and flexibility exercises
• Manual therapies and electrical stimulation
• Hot and cold therapies
• Posture, balance and coordination training
• Gait evaluation and training
• Instruction on how to complete at-home exercises
Why Physical Therapy Works
Some people make the mistake of not attending physical therapy and face a long recovery process with the risk of never returning to normal. Through exercise and proper examination, physical therapy offers the following benefits:
• Regain strength, flexibility and mobility
• Reduce and eliminate pain
• Increase circulation
• Break up and loosen scar tissue
• Protect surgically repaired muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints
Our physical therapists do more than help you stretch and exercise; they teach you how to exercise and show you which stretches help you the most so you can use them for the rest of your life. Our primary goal is to prevent the recurrence of an injury or ailment as much as possible. For information about our Physical Therapy Center call us at 904-825-0031.
Ryan Hemelt – DPT, MOTR/L
Director of Rehabilitation, overseeing all physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and sports medicine outreach programs.