Eating healthy and exercising is the best option, when you are looking for a solution to joints aches/pain/limited mobility other than medication, injections, or surgery. As a physical therapist, we can help optimize your quality of life through proper exercise program, education and hands on care. A physical therapist is a movement expert and has years of education to help support their treatment plan.
The benefits of physical therapy are documented in several studies when compared to medication or injections alone for any joint/muscle condition. A physical therapist has the ability to improve the level of independence of an individual and empower them to live their life again. They can identify, diagnose, and treat any movement related condition. They also participate in your recovery and provide step by step guidance. Each goal is individualized and progressed as able.
If you are looking for any alternative to opiods or other medications, which have severe side effects like depresssion, overdose, addiction, etc., then explore physical therapy. In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opiods in favor of safe alternatives, such as physical therapy for long term pain relief.
Physical therapy is a your alternative to surgery, which can be invasive and very expensive at times. Treatment by a physical therapist for meniscal tear, rotator cuff tears, stenosis, degenerative disk disease, osteoarthritis, etc., has been found to be as effective as surgery.
Find a local physical therapist and get started today in your journey of recovery. You can utilize Physical therapy for back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, foot pain, etc. Most states have direct access and no physician referral is needed. However, I encourage you to still discuss with your physician about alternative treatment approaches, including physical therapy.
Aman Dhaliwal PT, DPT
Providing Physical Theapy in Tracy, CA