Physical Therapy FAQ’s

Physical Therapy Q & A

When your muscles and joints are in distress and causing pain, the most effective way to rehabilitate them and restore your health is through physical therapy. The physicians and licensed physical therapists at South Texas Spinal Clinic provide structured exercise, manual therapies, and cutting-edge technology to support your rehabilitation journey and guide you back to the lifestyle you cherish. For more information about the advantages of physical therapy, contact their practice in the San Antonio or South Texas area, or utilize online booking to schedule a consultation.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is the Goal of Physical Therapy?

When you’ve experienced an injury, have a degenerative disease, or require recovery from orthopedic surgery, physical therapy (PT) aims to rebuild muscle strength, enhance range of motion, and facilitate the restoration of normal function. The treatments administered during PT effectively alleviate inflammation and pain, relax muscles, and foster healing by improving blood flow to injured tissues.

What Health Conditions Benefit From Physical Therapy?

PT can make a positive impact on nearly every individual with a musculoskeletal problem. Some of the issues that PT can address include:

  • Spinal pain and injuries
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Children’s musculoskeletal injuries

What Should You Expect When You Begin Physical Therapy?

At your initial PT appointment, you collaborate with a professionally trained therapist who assesses and works with you throughout the treatment process. Your therapist conducts a musculoskeletal evaluation to identify the cause of your pain and assess the extent of your physical limitations, tailoring a treatment plan to meet your specific goals.

Throughout the treatment, your physical therapist partners with your doctor to establish patient-specific protocols that ensure optimal outcomes. Your dedication, however, plays a crucial role in determining your success. Regular attendance is essential as building strength and restoring your health requires time and effort.

What Types of Treatments are Used During Physical Therapy?

Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following therapies:

Manual therapy:

  • Spine and joint mobilization
  • Myofascial trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Kinesio taping

Exercise therapy:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  • Home exercise and rehabilitation program

Modalities to promote tissue healing, relieve pain, and relax muscles:

  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic heat and cold

Can You Continue Physical Therapy at Home?

Continuing your therapy at home is crucial for achieving the best results. Throughout PT, your therapist educates you on exercises to perform at home, including proper body mechanics to ensure safe activity. After completing your physical therapy sessions, you’ll receive a personalized exercise plan to continue progress. Your physical therapist also guides you on recognizing when it’s safe to adhere to your regimen despite pain and when pain indicates the need for rest.

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9150 Huebner Rd., Suite 290

San Antonio, TX 78240

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San Antonio, TX 78258

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