Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Specialist
Almost half of adults in the United States have some kind of chiropractic problem, and that accounts for 10% of all health care costs, according to a recent U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative report. Physical therapy is important, whether you seek it as a post-surgery treatment or a way to handle chronic pain. Drs. Royce and Shelita McGowan and Dr. Kwame Jenkins at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida, know how to diagnose the causes of pain and recommend the best physical therapy treatments.

Physical Therapy Q & A

McGowan Medical Centers

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a personalized, drug-free treatment program devised to relieve pain and improve impaired movement, strength, coordination, balance and flexibility caused by musculoskeletal, neurological or cardiopulmonary issues. These issues can be the result of numerous factors, including:

  • Injuries
  • Repetitive stress or poor alignment
  • Chronic illness
  • Surgery

What kinds of things will I do in physical therapy?

Some of the exercises will be performed with the physical therapist, so they can check out whether your range of motion has improved, and to make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly. It’s important that your physical therapy doesn’t create more pain or injury.

Some of the therapies involve:

  • Stretching, sometimes using a large rubber band
  • Heat and ice
  • Manipulation of the muscles and joints
  • Massage
  • Light weightlifting
  • Spinal decompression machine

Drs. McGowan and Dr. Jenkins may push you into more rigorous tasks as you improve. The exercises are for strengthening the weaker muscles around the point of injury. Most of the exercises are for pain relief, so if you’re doing them at home and they cause more pain, stop doing them and call the office for an appointment right away.

The physical therapy may seem like low-impact aerobics, and some exercises may seem simple and have no impact at all, but every part of the program is necessary and is designed by the team for your best path toward healing.

How long with the physical therapy take?

Every injury is different, and every path to recovery is individual. The McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center experts will give you a customized plan and estimate the approximate length of recovery time, but also give you very specific instructions about what to do — and what not do — at home.

A great deal of the recovery time and speed of recovery is up to you. Your doctor at McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center will keep tabs on your progress and adjust the physical therapy for better healing and more pain relief as needed.

The whole idea is to heal properly. Your McGowan Medical Centers doctor keeps you informed about your overall improvement and what additional steps you can take in your lifestyle to improve your healing.

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