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Conditions that Physical Therapy Helps to Treat

Physical therapy is a great way to treat many conditions people suffer from without the use of strong pain medications

Date:   5/27/2022 7:00:28 PM   ( 84 d ) ... viewed 55 times

Physical therapy is a great way to treat many conditions people suffer from without the use of strong pain medications. Doctors will work with you to discover how your body operates and the best course of action to take to relieve some of the discomfort you are feeling. In this article we will be discussing some of the conditions that Physical Therapy helps to treat. 

Physical therapy works by using special movements and tools to ease body pains. While some people may go to a physical therapist after an injury or surgery, this kind of treatment can also benefit those who are suffering with certain conditions. We will go over six common conditions that physical therapy helps to alleviate. For more information, continue reading here.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is when someone feels a tingling sensation in their hands, wrist, or arms. It is caused by pressure on a nerve. There are many causes for carpal tunnel syndrome such as high blood pressure, fractures, and diabetes. To relieve some of this feeling, physical therapy can help by teaching you certain exercises and stretches to do. 

Parkinson’s Disease 

Parkinson’s is a disease of the nervous system that can make mobility a struggle. It is often accompanied by tremors which is when someone loses the control of a body part’s movements. It is caused by genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease but physical therapy can help by using resistance strength exercises.   

Cancer 

Cancer is when cells divide abnormally and cause a distribution of body tissue. While there are many treatments for cancer, there is no cure. Physical therapy can help by managing the pain and discomfort of cancer. There are many different kinds of cancers that all cause different pain areas. Once a physical therapist has accessed the pain areas of each person, they are able to help relieve some of the pain through numerous activities. 

Headaches 

Headaches are when someone experiences a sharp continuous pain in a section of their head. There are multiple different causes for headaches that vary in extremity. Some can be due to lack of sleep or low water intake, while others can be due to head trauma. A physical therapist can help to prevent headaches by strengthening one's neck and upper back muscles. 

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is when a person has difficulty relaxing their pelvic floor muscles which makes it difficult to have bowel movements. Some causes are due to pregnancy or obesity. It is very common in women. Physical therapy helps with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by posture corrections and weight lifting.    

Huntington's Disease  

Huntington’s Disease is seen more in older people and is developed by the breaking down of nerve cells in the brain. It can affect memory, processing skills, organization, and other brain functions. It often also causes uncontrollable movements and slurred speech. There is currently no cure for Huntington’s Disease but physical therapy can help some aspects of it. 

If you or someone you know is suffering with one of these six conditions, contacting a doctor of physical therapy can help.

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