Surgery doesn’t have to be your only option for injury or a chronic condition. With every surgery comes some form of risk and generally long recovery time. Treatment by a physical therapist is often an equally effective—and less expensive—alternative to surgery for a wide range of conditions ranging from knee osteoarthritis and back pain. Many studies show that physical therapy may even prevent the need for surgery in the first place.
How Physical Therapy May Help You Avoid Surgery
Our bodies, for the most part, are designed to heal themselves if you have proper treatment options and nutrition. Physical therapy treatment plans can be designed for the patient’s individual goals, needs and challenges. When implemented, physical therapy can help you avoid surgery and treat various conditions including strains, fractures, dislocated shoulder, back pain, tendonitis and sprains. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found physical therapy to be as effective as surgery when treating meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis.
What to Expect
Here’s what to expect when scheduling an appointment with your physical therapist to avoid surgery:
- To determine the right course of treatment for you, your physical therapist will provide you with a full exam
- Your physical therapist will then be able to offer you all the facts related to your condition or injury and discuss treatment options available
Going through physical therapy first to try to prevent surgery is recommended. If you already had surgery, it’s important to begin a post-surgery physical therapy treatment plan to increase your success of regaining optimal strength, mobility and balance after recovery.
Don’t feel pressured into surgery right away without exploring your options first. Talk to one of our experienced physical therapists at Contact Physical Therapy about working together to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you avoid surgery and achieve the same results without the surgery expenses and side effects.
Contact’s physical therapists are experts in improving and strengthening your mobility and motion to improve your quality of life.