Physical Therapy Specialist

South Texas Spinal Clinic -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

South Texas Spinal Clinic

Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists Located in San Antonio and South Texas

When your muscles and joints are damaged and painful, the best way to rehabilitate them and return to health is with physical therapy. The physicians and licensed physical therapists at South Texas Spinal Clinic offer structured exercise, manual therapies, and state-of-the-art technology to support your rehabilitation and get you back to the lifestyle you enjoy. To learn more about the benefits of physical therapy, call their practice in the San Antonio or South Texas area or use online booking to schedule a consultation.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is the Goal of Physical Therapy?

When you’ve suffered an injury, have a degenerative disease, or need to recover from orthopedic surgery, physical therapy (PT) restores muscle strength, improves range of motion, and helps you regain normal function.

The treatments you’ll receive during PT effectively relieve inflammation and pain, relax muscles, and promote healing by increasing blood flow to injured tissues.

What Health Conditions Benefit From Physical Therapy?

PT can make a difference in almost every person who has a musculoskeletal problem. These are but some of the issues that PT can address:

  • Spinal pain and injuries
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Children’s musculoskeletal injuries

What Should You Expect When You Begin Physical Therapy?

At your first PT appointment, you’ll partner with a professionally trained therapist who mentors you and works with you throughout treatment. Your therapist performs a musculoskeletal evaluation to determine the cause of your pain and the extent of your physical limitations, then customizes a treatment plan that meets your goals.

Throughout your treatment, your physical therapist collaborates with your doctor to create patient-specific protocols that ensure optimal outcomes. Your participation, however, determines your success. It’s essential to attend every session because building strength and restoring your health takes time and effort.

What Types of Treatments are Used During Physical Therapy?

Your treatment may include one or more of the following therapies:

Manual therapy:

  • Spine and joint mobilization
  • Myofascial trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Kinesio taping

Exercise therapy:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  • Home exercise and rehabilitation program

Modalities to promote tissue healing, relieve pain, and relax muscles:

  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic heat and cold

Can You Continue Physical Therapy at Home?

Continuing your therapy at home is essential for achieving the best results. Throughout PT, your therapist teaches you exercises to do at home, including proper body mechanics to ensure you can safely perform activities.

When your physical therapy sessions are over, you’ll go home with an ongoing exercise plan so you can keep making progress. Your physical therapist also helps you learn when it’s safe to follow your regimen in spite of pain and when pain is a signal that it’s time to rest.

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