Do you wake up stiff all over in the mornings? Are you suffering from annoying pain in your joints that’s making your day much more difficult? If that sounds like you, you’re most likely experiencing the pains of getting older. So what can you do to ward off the inevitable signs of aging?
At TruWell Health, our goal is to get you feeling like your younger self, and kick pain and discomfort to the curb. Dr. Lora Brown and Dr. Michael MacMillan specialize in physical therapy and regenerative medicine for joint pain and arthritis. Both of these treatments can make you feel like you’re young and agile again.
What is physical rehab?
Physical rehabilitation, also known as physical medicine, is a specialized treatment that’s meant to improve your quality of life after injury or surgery. Although these are the most common reasons for you to partake in this type of treatment, you can also opt for physical rehabilitation to avoid the aches and pains associated with getting older.
Physical rehabilitation differs slightly from physical therapy, because the goal of rehabilitation is to restore the parts of your body that are suffering back to the condition they used to be in before injury. This type of treatment can restore function to many areas of your body, including:
- Spinal cord
Rehabilitation isn’t something that’s a quick fix for your injury or chronic condition. This type of therapy takes time and effort, but the ultimate goal is to get your independence back and begin living your life again.
If you have a condition that requires surgery, physical rehabilitation may start before you even have the procedure done. In the case of an injury, treatment may start as early as your initial hospital visit. This is done to give you the best chance of a full and healthy recovery. But there are so many other added benefits to rehabilitation programs.
The benefits of rehabilitation
Rehabilitation does so much more than just get you back on your feet after an injury or illness. It can also help you prevent future injuries by building up your strength and teaching you proper technique for such tasks as lifting or exercise moves.
There are so many other benefits to this type of treatment. In the terms of surgery, rehabilitation can help you speed up your recovery time and get you home faster than you would without it. After your procedure, it can also reduce your risk of getting a blood clot.
Reduces aches and pains
Injury or decreased mobility can weaken your muscles and ligaments that help support your body. The less you move, the more pain you’re likely to be in.
By incorporating the movement and exercises associated with physical rehabilitation, you’ll improve your strength, which in turn helps to support your spine and joints, leading to less pain all over.
Helps the symptoms of arthritis
Arthritis affects millions of people and can really decrease your quality of life. It leads to stiffness, joint pain, and mobility issues. If left untreated, arthritis can wreak havoc on your daily activities.
Rehabilitation improves your flexibility and ultimately decreases the effects of arthritis on your joints. This improves your life by allowing you to enjoy the activities you loved before pain affected your life.
Helps with balance and muscle coordination
With decreased strength and loss of mobility comes falls and more injury. With rehab, our doctors help you strengthen your muscles and provide assistive devices such as crutches or a can to improve your balance while you’re recovering. With time, your balance will also improve, reducing your risk of future injury.
It also helps you increase the amount of activity you’re getting. This not only improves your current injury or condition, but can also ward off other serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The extra physical exercise during your rehab program has more added benefits that meet the eye.
If you’re ready to kick the pains of aging and feel years younger, physical rehabilitation may be just the key. To get started with treatment, call our office at 727-361-2162 or book an appointment online today.