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Outpatient Therapy – How Can It Help You?

Colorado Springs, CO

10 Ways Outpatient Therapy can help change your life:

  1. Reduce pain- Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilization or treatments such as taping, electrical stimulation, and dry needling can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function to reduce pain.

  2. Avoid surgery- If therapy helps you eliminate pain or heal from an injury, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is required, you may benefit from pre-surgery physical therapy to help you go into surgery stronger and recover faster.

  3. Improve mobility- If you’re having trouble standing, walking or moving—no matter your age—physical therapy can help. Stretching and strengthening exercises help restore your ability to move.

  4. Recover from a stroke- Therapy helps strengthen weakened parts of the body and improve walking and balance. Therapists can also improve the ability to be more independent around the home, and reduce their burden of care for toileting, bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living.

  5. Improve your balance and prevent falls- Therapy helps you with exercises to improve coordination and to teach balance strategies. Specific maneuvers can be used to quickly restore proper vestibular functioning, and reduce and eliminate symptoms of dizziness or vertigo.

  6. Manage diabetes and vascular conditions- As part of an overall diabetes management plan, exercise can help effectively control blood sugar.

  7. Manage age-related issues-. Therapists are experts in helping patients recover from joint replacements and manage arthritic or osteoporotic conditions conservatively.

  8. Manage heart and lung disease- Individuals who experience a heart attack or undergo a cardiac procedure are recommended to participate in therapy to improve quality of life through strengthening and breathing exercises.

  9. Manage Incontinence- Therapists can provide specialized treatment for: Bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence by strengthening and re-educating the pelvic floor muscles.

  10. Improve swallowing and vocal projection- Speech therapists can assist with strategies to decrease risk for aspiration and to provide exercises to improve how loudly you can speak.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Dr. Alyssa Alley PT, DPT who is a Physical Therapist with The Health Care Resort and may be reached at 719- 960- 7295 or by email at alalley@thehealthcareresort.com

 

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