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If you have sustained an injury or undergone orthopedic surgery, physical therapy can provide significant pain relief and get you moving again.
As a short-term rehabilitative treatment, physical therapy, or PT, can help you avoid prescription pain medicine or surgery. In some cases, your Dignity Health Central Coast health doctor may recommend physical therapy as part of a long-term treatment plan for a chronic illness.
Find a Doctor today to begin healing your mind, body, and spirit through rehabilitative services and physical therapy on the Central Coast.
Physical therapy is known to be effective for many orthopedic conditions. You may enjoy the benefits of physical therapy if you have:
Due to the wide range of conditions that physical therapy can effectively treat, physical therapists often have a specialty area, such as orthopedic conditions. Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will recommend a physical therapist who specializes in treating your specific condition.
Physical therapy is a hands-on approach to stimulate healing by improving your flexibility, movement, and strength. It helps people of all ages reduce pain, delay or prevent disability, and improve mobility.
During your first visit with your Dignity Health Central Coast physical therapist, you will discuss your medical history, along with your condition and symptoms. Be as specific as possible when working with your physical therapist to help with the development of a personalized treatment plan.
To aid your recovery, healing, and mobility, your therapist will observe, measure, and test your balance, strength, posture, and range of motion.
There are many types of physical therapy, including:
Your physical therapist also may use water therapy or chest physiotherapy. Gait and treadmill training can help with your coordination, balance, and stability, while electrical stimulation, which includes transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), can help improve blood flow. Therapeutic ultrasound and hot and cold therapy can also improve healing.
Talk to an expert at Dignity Health Central Coast to learn more about our range of options for physical therapy.
Dignity Health’s trusted health care providers offer personalized treatment that often includes physical therapy on the Central Coast of California.