Physical Therapy: Pain Relief without Medication
If you’re experiencing pain or functional limitations, Physical Therapy can offer a solution for healing without medication, injections or diagnostic tests like MRIs, CT scans and X-rays.
“Physical Therapists (PTs) are health care providers that have been educated on the human body,” said Patrick Schultze, DPT, ATC, Staff Physical Therapist at Wayne UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Services. “PTs use techniques like exercise, massage, electrical stimulation (a pain-relieving agent that lasts about 10-15 minutes and blocks the pain signal) and others to help improve your quality of life and functional mobility.”
PTs are responsible for creating a specific treatment plan that is tailored specifically for you. They work diligently to find the best course of treatment for each patient depending on the signs, symptoms and patient presentation.
“It’s important to know – just because your friend may have tried PT and did not have relief does not mean you will have the same outcome,” said Schultze. “Treatments are individual to each patient and varies depending on what tasks need to be performed by each patient or what job requirement they have.”
Physical therapy may require you to perform various exercises that cause muscle fatigue, or therapy may cause a little soreness after treatment. But the ultimate goal is to restore the body to normal functioning.
“Research has shown that Physical Therapy can help you manage pain, prevent surgery, decrease medication dependence, improve balance and mobility and prevent future injuries,” said Schultze.“PTs work toward each of those by educating each patient on their condition and instructing them on various ways to manage their pain.”
Physical Therapy is a great solution for patients who are ready to take control of their health and finally improve their quality of life.
When to Try Physical Therapy?
If you are experiencing any pain, functional deficits, musculoskeletal deficits such as neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, or knee pain, Physical Therapy may be for you.
“Physical therapy can alleviate some of those chronic muscle aches and pains, muscle cramps and other difficulties such as squatting or going up and down stairs,” said Schultze.
A recent study by ATI Physical Therapy, My Health First Network, BCBS and Greenville Health System (GHS) found that 70% of patients that tried PT first for back, shoulder and knee pain were treated successfully without the use of imaging, medication or physician visits.
For more information on Physical Therapy and how it can benefit you, please call 919-731-6005 to talk with Wayne UNC Health Care Rehabilitation and Therapy Services or schedule an appointment online.