We hear a lot these days about people like sportsmen with injuries getting physical therapy to somehow get relief or alleviate pains. But do we really understand what actually takes place in these clinics or do we know what exactly the physiotherapist does to bring relief to severe ligament and muscle injuries?
Let's face it; an accident can happen at any time and anywhere, therefore it is safe to say that a physical therapist has a lot of work to do on a daily basis. The truth is you will have your work cut out for you if you intend to live a normal life with an injury from either a sports related activity, injuries from work or school or an automobile accident. There is too much hurt and pain to go through your day to day life suffering from pains when you stand, sit or walk and you may not even be able to move your limbs properly due to your condition. Don't worry, as physical therapy will help to restore and maintain the movement of all your limbs and body parts so you can live a normal life.
Many people have testified about the assistance that they received from physical therapy clinics. For example, one young man twisted his shoulder while traveling in a bus. The pains were terrible and most of the time he was in agony. However, the use of pain killers soothed the pain making it less, but he still suffered immensely from excruciating pains and discomfort. Not long after, he thought it a good idea to visit his family physician who recommended that he saw a physical therapist. When he did, he testified that although the initial stages of the therapy was painful trying to do stretches, exercising on pulleys and 20 minutes heat treatment, he was rejoicing at the end of the therapy sessions as he could go home and enjoy the use of his shoulder again.
Nonetheless, the period of your recovery will ultimately depend on your determination to work on the injured area, as some areas of injury will naturally take longer to heal while others will take a few days. Where the injury is located should also be considered when undergoing physical therapy, mainly because there are some areas like your lower back and neck that is sensitive to injuries and may even result in neurological damage. However, if there is no neurological damage then you may be able to function without much difficulty.
If you are seriously injured even with the great help of physical therapy, you may still be unable to return completely to the place where you once were, because you will have irregular pains frequently that could last you a lifetime.
The truth is, your trainer may have done his best in your physical therapy sessions to get your limbs working properly, however, you will still have to put in the necessary work to get cured quickly. Moreover, you will need to be consistent and complete the exercises as directed by your physical therapist for the sessions to be effective. You will need strong and diligent determination to get your muscles and ligaments working in a normal way.