There’s something oddly satisfying about waking up the morning after a hard workout and feeling a dull ache in your muscles. But when that dull ache migrates to your joints and seems to happen every day, that satisfaction quickly turns to frustration. The answer is not to take anti-inflammatory medication or simply ignore the aches and pains in your joints, but rather to talk to your physical therapist. If these three reasons to consider physical therapy for joint pain aren’t enough to convince you, contact Total Function Physical Therapy to find out more.
1.Pain is your body’s way of telling you something.
It doesn’t matter whether it happens in your muscles or joints, your body’s pain receptors are there to alert you to a potential problem. Whether it is a lack of fluid in the joint, damage to soft tissues like tendons or ligaments, or muscle strain or fatigue, pain signals are designed to keep you from doing permanent damage to your body. Yet, people have a tendency to treat pain as an inconvenience rather than a problem.
If pain is your first warning sign that there is a problem that needs to be fixed, suddenly getting to the root cause of that pain is a priority. Fortunately, a physical therapist is a specialist in not only human anatomy, but how the body moves. They can uncover the cause of your pain during diagnostic testing and prescribe a series of therapies to address it.
2.Most joint pain does not require surgery.
Most people associate physical therapy with surgery. While it is a vital part of recovery after nearly every surgical procedure possible, that is not the only role physical therapy can play in healing. In fact, with very few exceptions, physical therapy can help you resolve most joint pain without ever going under the knife. In some cases, physical therapy has been proven more effective than surgery at treating certain types of joint pain. Joint pain relief without the anxiety and complications of surgery? Sign us up!
3.Your body needs movement, not rest.
There are times when rest is the appropriate course of action for treating acute joint pain, especially if there is an injury involved. However, targeted exercise, recommended by a physical therapist, can help relieve joint pain and stiffness. Not only does exercise improve your overall health and fitness levels, but it also works to strengthen the muscles around your joints, providing them with more support. Physical therapy can also help protect your bone density, give you more energy, help you sleep, and help you maintain a healthy weight. What does this have to do with joint pain?
A 2005 study found that losing just one pound can eliminate four pounds of pressure on your knees. Even modest weight loss, 5 to 10 pounds, can relieve as much as 20 to 40 pounds of pressure on your joints. A physical therapist can help you stay safely moving while you recover from aches and pains in your joints.
Don’t let aches and pains in your joints keep you from living the life you want. Contact Total Function Physical Therapy today to schedule your consultation with our physical therapist and find out how physical therapy can help you live a pain-free life.