The purpose of physical therapy is to reduce pain and allow you to
continue daily activities. Physical therapy can reduce pain in the soft tissues
(such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve function, and build
muscle strength. A
physical therapist provides these treatments and will
also provide education, instruction, and support for recovery.
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Stretching, to increase flexibility and reduce stress on
Education, to help you improve and maintain your
Exercise, to strengthen muscles.
therapy, including massage, to improve or maintain range of motion.
Heat therapy, to improve blood circulation to the muscles and
other soft tissues.
Ice therapy, to reduce swelling and relieve
Cycling and limited walking, to promote good physical
Water exercises, to allow your body to exercise
without pressure on the spine.
Your doctor or physical therapist or both will design a
program specific to your normal level of activity, physical fitness, severity of pain, and disease activity.
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September 09, 2014
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