When your body or brain suffers an injury, you may find yourself struggling to do the things you once did without thinking. Physical therapy can help restore functionality and flexibility, giving you back lost mobility.
At The Spine and Sports Center in Sugarland and Houston, Texas, Dr. Benoy Benny can lay out a personalized rehabilitation therapy plan that includes various types of physical therapy to help you get past the challenges you’re facing.
Candidates for physical therapy
The most common reason to get physical therapy is because of a brain or bodily injury that causes a lack of strength, balance issues, and/or limited range of motion.
Another reason is because of degenerative conditions that are causing pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility.
The goal of physical therapy is to restore as much functionality as possible. You might need physical therapy if you have any of the following:
- Joint pain due to arthritis or an autoimmune condition
- Back pain due to muscle spasms or spinal injuries
- Sports injuries causing limited range of motion
- Multiple sclerosis or other types of chronic illness
- Stroke side effects causing loss of strength, stability, and/or coordination
- Recent surgery, particularly major procedures like spine surgery or joint replacement
There’s no one-size-fits-all physical therapy program. Dr. Benny works with you to create a customized rehabilitation plan that takes into account your capabilities and limitations as well as your ultimate goals.
5 types of physical therapy treatment
Physical therapy is a broad term referring to a range of exercises and treatments designed to restore function and mobility:
1. Targeted exercises
Your physical therapy team may develop a series of exercises to be done at our office and/or at home, helping you strengthen muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion.
2. Electrical stimulation
For patients with chronic pain, electrical stimulation can retrain nerves sending pain signals to your brain and lessen sensations of discomfort.
3. Hot/cold therapy
Heat and cold can help tight muscles relax, relieve pain naturally, and bring down swelling. These may be used alone, alternately, or in combination with other treatments.
4. Massage therapy
For many patients, massage therapy helps reduce pain levels and improves flexibility, while relaxing your body and unwinding points of extreme tension.
5. Therapeutic ultrasound
Targeted waves of ultrasound energy can stimulate deep tissues and promote healing while helping to relieve chronic pain.
Are you ready for physical therapy? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Benny today. You can get in touch by calling our location closest to you or booking an appointment online.