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Addressing Persistent Aches and Pains: 3 Tips to Help You Feel Better Faster

Looking for Relief? Physical Therapy Can Help

There's something strangely fulfilling about waking up the morning after a hard workout with a dull soreness in your muscles.

However, when that dull soreness migrates to your joints on a daily basis, that satisfaction rapidly turns to frustration.

The solution is not to take anti-inflammatory medicine or simply ignore your joint aches and pains, but rather to consult with your physical therapist.

If these three reasons to consider physical therapy for joint pain aren't enough to convince you, call FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers of Mall Drive, Las Cruces to find out more.

1. Physical therapy can help you find relief the natural way!

It doesn't matter whether it happens in your muscles or joints, your body's pain receptors are there to alert you to a potential problem.

Pain signals are designed to keep you from doing permanent damage to your body, whether it is a lack of fluid in the joint, damage to soft tissues like tendons or ligaments, or muscle strain or exhaustion. People, however, have a tendency to dismiss pain as an inconvenience rather than a problem.

If pain is your first warning sign that there is a problem that needs to be fixed, suddenly getting to the root cause of that pain is a priority.

Fortunately, a physical therapist is an expert not just in human anatomy, but also in how the body moves. During diagnostic testing, they can determine the source of your pain and recommend a course of treatment.

2. Fear of the knife? Surgery can be avoided with physical therapy.

Most people associate physical therapy with surgery. While it is a vital part of recovery after nearly every surgical procedure possible, that is not the only role physical therapy can play in healing.

In fact, with very few exceptions, physical therapy can help you resolve most joint pain without ever going under the knife.

In some cases, physical therapy has been proven more effective than surgery at treating certain types of joint pain. Joint pain relief without the anxiety and complications of surgery? Sign us up!

3. Physical therapy can help you move with ease.

There are times when rest is the appropriate course of action for treating acute joint pain, especially if there is an injury involved. However, targeted exercise, recommended by a physical therapist, can help relieve joint pain and stiffness.

Not only does exercise improve your overall health and fitness levels, but it also works to strengthen the muscles around your joints, providing them with more support.

Physical therapy can also help you maintain a healthy weight, increase your energy, sleep better, and safeguard your bone density. What does this have to do with joint pain?

A 2005 study found that losing just one pound can eliminate four pounds of pressure on your knees. Even modest weight loss, 5 to 10 pounds, can relieve as much as 20 to 40 pounds of pressure on your joints. A physical therapist can help you stay safely moving while you recover from aches and pains in your joints.

Find relief with our passive and active therapies!

Once your physical therapist has isolated the underlying cause of your chronic joint pain, we can prescribe techniques to help you start feeling - and moving - more like your old self.

Physical therapy for joint pain may start with passive exercises, in which we move the afflicted joint for you to increase its pain-free range of motion.

Exercises that reduce the amount of weight on the joints can also be extremely helpful. For instance, we may recommend swimming or water walking as a means of exercising the hips and knees without also forcing them to bear your full weight.

Other types of exercises can also help you overcome your joint pain while improving joint function. Strengthening exercises help by reinforcing the muscles and connective tissues that serve the joint. Corrective exercises and neuromuscular re-education can help you maintain a straighter, more symmetrical posture.

Last but not least, physical therapy offers a variety of helpful modalities beyond exercise. We may treat your joint pain with heat, ice, and manual therapies such as massage, just to name a few.

Ready to get started on the path toward relief?

Don't let aches and pains in your joints keep you from living the life you want.

Call FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers of Mall Drive, Las Cruces today to schedule your consultation with our physical therapist and find out how physical therapy can help you live a pain-free life.