Physical Therapists Treat THAT?

Physical Therapists Treat THAT?

Many people have seen a Physical Therapist (PT) for common reasons such as low back pain or knee pain.  There are also many less common conditions PT’s treat that you may not be aware of.  In many cases, physical therapy is an effective, low-cost, low-risk, and non-invasive alternative to surgery, helping patients manage the condition through simple exercises and changes in lifestyle.  Here are five health conditions that a physical therapist treats that may surprise you.

1. Vertigo: Vertigo is a spinning sensation and can occur even when you are perfectly still. The most common form of vertigo treated with physical therapy is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is a mechanical inner ear problem that causes short periods of this spinning sensation when the head is moved in certain positions. When treated by a PT, positional vertigo can be eliminated in as little as one session.

2. Concussion: In recent years, concussions have received a lot of attention in the news as doctors and athletes are seeking ways to manage long-term problems brought on by a concussion. These long term conditions can include dizziness/vertigo, balance problems, or complaints of headaches, all of which can be treated by a PT. There is a very specific balance of returning to normal activities with symptom management to allow the individual who had the concussion to fully recover.

3. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (Jaw Pain): Jaw pain can be due to a variety of problems, but one of the main reasons includes poor posture, which leads to increased stress on the joint. A PT can address postural issues, assess and improve the alignment of the joint, as well as improve joint mobility to reduce pain.

4. Headaches: There are many different types of headaches including tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches to name a few. Often times, headaches can become a very frequent occurrence affecting a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. The most common type of headaches may be caused by poor posture, stress, muscle tightness, or a neck injury. A PT can help to determine the type of headaches and what the best treatments may be to help alleviate symptoms. A PT can perform manual massage to help loosen up tight muscles and can teach the patient about proper posture of the neck and upper body to decrease stress and tension that might be leading to these headaches.

1. Lymphedema: Lymphedema is swelling that may occur in the arms and legs that is stemming from your lymphatic system. It is very common after certain types of cancer treatments, such as breast cancer, where lymph nodes may be removed. A trained PT can perform certain types of lymphatic drainage massage or use certain wrapping techniques to help decrease swelling in a limb.

If you have patients who have experienced, or are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, consider sending them to a trained Physical Therapist at Contact Physical Therapy to help with symptom management.