As the field of regenerative medicine continues to grow, offering new treatment alternatives, so too has physical therapy adapted. Independently, both areas offer successful treatment plans that help patients avoid costly invasive surgeries and dependence on medication. But when used in conjunction, results are vastly improved.
Physical Therapy in Brief
Again, you can review our prior articles to get more in-depth with physiotherapy. The various physical therapy practices revolve around varying degrees of exercise to strengthen and reinforce muscles and movement. In many cases, that can improve balance or reduce joint pain, giving people their lives back.
Two Fields Working in Tandem
With more research and development put into either of these incredible medical fields, it's evident that they can support and benefit one another. Implementing pre-treatment physical therapy before regenerative medicine, like the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections TruWell works with, can accelerate rehabilitation post-treatment. By working with a PT, patients can be educated about the PRP treatments, how they could expect to feel afterward, and help lay out a clear recovery plan. When it comes to PRP injections, they can cause momentary immobilization in the treatment area. So the physiotherapist can help patients work through movement restrictions while supporting a gradual road to recovery. Without that support, the treatment could be moot if they injure themselves again by attempting to do too much too soon.
The whole point of physical therapy is to increase the body's tolerance to bearing loads and movement. So in other examples of pre-treatment, a PT can help strengthen prospective affected areas so they can handle injections, transplants, and other regenerative procedures. Patients can exponentially reduce inflammation and recovery time by putting in the extra time and energy to prepare the body. However, that all depends on the level of treatment: how many injections to expect, what predicted side effects, etc. But either way, when used in conjunction, one thing is clear: Better recovery and preventative results, and people don't have to suffer as much financial burden from costly surgeries.
Are They Meant to Work Together?
These days, physical therapy exercise programs increasingly include regenerative medicine in their design. The two practices collaborate more and more, one guiding the other to better integrate research in their respective procedures. The options range beyond injections to helping patients adapt to biomechanical implants, using tissue engineering to recover from muscle loss in conjunction with exercise, or even using technology in conjunction with rehabilitative movements to see how spinal injuries disrupt communication with the brain. They're ever-evolving fields that look like they'll only get more intertwined as years progress.
If you're working on recovering from pain or seek to stave off the effects of aging, get in touch with TruWell Health. We can develop a comprehensive treatment plan integrating sessions with Christian, our physical therapist, and PRP, IV, or our FDA-approved stem cell treatments (blood-forming stem cells.) The faster we can help you return to your normal, the better (and please check with your insurance provider as most regenerative medicine procedures are not covered.) Reach out to TruWell Health today through our office at 727-440-5410 or request an appointment online.