Reduce pain and regain function with physical therapy
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Physical therapy for Vero Beach residents can help with many muscle, bone, or joint problems that stop you from enjoying your favorite Florida activities. Physical therapy can help you regain mobility, strengthen muscles, and reduce pain.
At OSA – Vero Beach, the physical therapist works directly with your doctor to provide the most comprehensive, individualized care you need. We believe that physical therapy works best when you have control over your treatment. Because of this, OSA therapists and assistants focus on getting to know you so that they can work with your care team to determine what treatment will best suit your challenges, schedule, and goals.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a form of care used to improve pain, diseases, or impairments. Physical therapists do not use medicine or surgery to treat you. Instead, physical therapy includes exercises and manual treatments.
Doctors often recommend physical therapy with other forms of care; however, it can be a suitable treatment by itself as well.
Some physical therapy treatments include:
Exercises improve strength, mobility, and flexibility.
Ultrasounds apply deep-heat and are used to treat musculoskeletal system problems, like sprains and tendonitis.
Joint mobilization improves pain levels and mobility by gently moving the joint in different directions. You can also learn to do this at home.
Soft tissue mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization is especially helpful for back and neck pain. Therapists use pressure to break apart tight, or inelastic, muscle tissue.
Hot and cold therapy
Hot packs improve circulation, relax the muscles, and sooth injuries. Ice packs decrease inflammation. Both are used to reduce pain.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
The goal of physical therapy is to improve your mobility. By strengthening your body, you will have a better range of movement and less of a reliance on other forms of medicine.
For example, many patients use physical therapy to reduce pain. As a result, they can avoid taking strong pain medications. Other patients may use it to control specific body parts, like the bladder.
Increased mobility often means:
- Greater independence
- Better performance
- Improved social life
What to Expect from Physical Therapy
At your first appointment, your therapist will ask you about your lifestyle, sleep habits, and medical background. He or she will monitor how well you perform certain activities, such as walking up stairs and picking objects up from the ground. They may even note your heart rate, blood pressure, and flexibility.
After this process, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and preferences. After therapy, your muscles might feel sore. Your body will adjust to the treatment; however, the pain should never be severe, so let your therapist know if it is.
Ortho-centered physical therapy is often used to:
- Recover from a surgery.
- Recover from a sports injury.
- Recover from a bad fall or accident.
- Improve flexibility, balance, and stability.
- Adapt to an artificial limb.
- Reduce back, neck, and knee pain.
- Strengthen the muscles along the spine.
- Treat arthritis and other forms of inflammation.
- Treat degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, and other spine problems.
Meet the Physical Therapy Team
Our physical therapists are licensed health care professionals, and they must pass a national exam to practice. Our therapists and PT assistants are compassionate, knowledgeable, and capable of helping you reach your mobility goals.