Depending on your condition, physical therapy can be used instead of, or in conjunction with, medication. The over-prescription and misuse of opioid drugs are costing people their lives.1 People are turning to physical therapy as a safe alternative.
PHYSICAL THERAPY IS AN EFFECTIVE FORM OF TREATMENT FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL, NEUROLOGICAL, AND ARTHRITIC CONDITIONS.
Professional physical therapy is used to treat people of all ages. In young people, physical therapy is often used to help patients recover from an injury or trauma. For those suffering from chronic pain, physical therapy can help with pain management and reduce dependence on opioids. In older patients, it improves overall mobility and balance, decreases pain and stiffness, and reduces the likelihood of a fall.
If you’re concerned about your dependence on strong painkillers, talk to your primary care physician to discuss whether you could benefit from physiotherapy. The Bronx is home to 327 officially licensed physiotherapists who can help with your pain management,3 offering services such as:
Physiotherapy and pain management
In many instances, physiotherapy is an effective alternative to the use of opioids and other strong painkillers or can be used in conjunction with milder painkillers to relieve pain. Acute pain can be prevented from becoming chronic pain through the use of physiotherapy. The Bronx has been particularly hard hit by the opioid crisis, and wherever possible, we want to offer and promote the use of effective alternatives, such as professional physical therapy. Here are some statistics relating to the “Opioid Epidemic” and the effectiveness of physical therapy in pain management.
Physical injury recovery
Rehabilitation in the form of physical therapy can help to rebuild bone and muscle strength after an accident or after surgery, help with pain management, and prevent repeat injuries. A well-equipped physical rehabilitation center offers therapies to treat all kinds of physical injuries.
Brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s all affect how our brains and our bodies interact. We have an incredible and intricately interconnected nervous and neuromuscular system, and any disease or injury affecting either one can cause loss of movement, loss of balance and coordination, tremors, and spasms.
Physiotherapy helps to rebuild the connections broken through injury and has been shown to be effective in delaying loss of function in patients with Parkinson’s, as part of a multidisciplinary approach, improving quality of life.
HERE AT PARKCHESTER MEDICAL
Patients of all ages are referred to us with a variety of symptoms and conditions, including sports injuries, arthritis, post-surgery recovery, and chronic pain.
We offer physical therapy sessions in our Physical Rehabilitation Center, which is equipped with a variety of machines that include stationary bikes, treadmills, and strengthening machines such as leg press and multi-hip, as well as gym balls with a focus on core stabilization and strength training.
We also want to empower our patients to continue making leaps and bounds in their progress at home. Our physical therapist will work together with you to provide you with a detailed and instructed home exercise regimen.