How To Spring Back From Injury Or Prepare for Surgery

Movement Dec20th 2018

Whether you’re suffering from an injury or have just decided to undergo surgery, a  physical therapist can create a personalized program to help you return to normal more quickly. Call us at Reneu Sport + Health if you have questions or for information to see how physical therapy can help you achieve better overall health and greater physical fitness, before surgery or after injury. The following are several specific ways our physical therapists can put the spring back in your step!

1. Improve Balance and Posture

While balance generally decreases with age, there are also several health conditions and muscle imbalances that may affect your ability to maintain your balance. Maintaining greater balance (and posture) can help you avoid trips, falls or muscle weaknesses that can lead to serious injury. Good balance will not only help you avoid injury but can improve your ability to engage in and enjoy more strenuous activities such as walking or hiking. Our expert physical therapists can provide you with several different types of exercises to improve your balance whether you’re standing, walking, or running. Don’t live nearby? Ask us about programs that can be emailed to you!

2. Increase Flexibility

A physical therapy program can help increase your muscle and joint flexibility. Your PT can help you work through a variety of stretching techniques to improve your overall flexibility.  A physical therapy program may also be able to improve flexibility by using different types of myofacial work, massage, or dry needling. Reneu Sport + Health will soon be offering Assisted Stretching sessions that are personalized to your needs and help to increase flexibility. Contact us to learn more!

3. Avoid Surgery

Surgery presents you with a number of serious risks, and often includes a lengthy recovery time. There are several conditions that may be avoided with the use of physical therapy. Sprains, strains, tendonitis, a dislocated shoulder, and back pain are a few ailments that a physical therapist can help you with. While surgery is sometimes unavoidable, it’s almost always better to eliminate the need for an invasive procedure if the problem can be treated with physical therapy.

4. Recover Quickly

If you’ve already had surgery or have suffered from an injury, a physical therapy program can be created to assist in your recovery. Also, “prehab” – or rehab prior to surgery – can help you recover more quickly after surgery by gaining adequate range of motion and strength. Rehab may include strength and range of motion exercises as well as soft tissue work and neuromuscular reeducation to retrain your muscles.

Whether it’s preventative physical therapy, rehab, or pain relief to improve your ability to walk and enjoy daily activities, a trained physical therapist can help you achieve your physical goals. After a thorough evaluation, your physical therapist can put together a treatment program that addresses your specific needs.

Contact us at either our Minnetonka or Wayzata, MN physical therapy offices today for a consultation with one of our experienced physical therapists!