Say no to opioids and yes to physical therapy for managing chronic pain

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Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville provides an integrated approach to healthcare, including physical therapy. Our clinical team works together to get you out of pain quickly. We offer several options to surgery and pain medication, such as opioids, for treating chronic pain. 

October is National Physical Therapy month. We join the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in their advocacy of this specialty area as a safe alternative for pain management. 

What is physical therapy and what are the benefits?

 

According to APTA, physical therapy restores, maintains and promotes physical function at the highest level. Health benefits include reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improved balance and endurance, as well as increased aerobic capacity and muscle strength. In addition, it helps with weight control and injury prevention.      

How does it work?

Physical therapists identify the causes of pain, muscular and postural imbalance and reduced functional deficits, states Mansi K. Galvankar, PT, MPT. They design individualized programs to improve range of motion, gait and independence with daily activities. Treatments include ultrasound, electrical stimulation and cold laser to improve symptoms. Hands-on treatment techniques such as myofascial release and joint mobilization are also available, per Galvankar.

Did you know? 

Five additional things to know about physical therapy:   

  • How did this field of specialty in healthcare begin? It started during World War II to care for and treat injured soldiers.
  • Are there different types of physical therapy? Several specialty areas exist such as neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiac and pulmonary, pediatric, geriatric and occupational health.
  • Do I need a referral? This varies and depends on your insurance coverage. In some cases, physical therapists speak directly with you. However, it’s best to contact your insurance company before beginning therapy.   
  • Are physical therapists professionally trained? Yes, they’re required to obtain a degree from a CAPTE accredited education program. In addition, they must also pass a state license exam, according to APTA. 
  • Where can I get treatment? Physical therapy is provided in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient, nursing facilities, school and  industrial settings, home health and privately. 

If you have further questions about physical therapy, we offer a complimentary consultation. Please call us at 904-645-0777 or visit our website to request an appointment. Our clinical team is dedicated to easing your pain without the use of opioids so you can live your best life possible.

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