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Physical Therapy 101: Is It Right for You?

March 13, 2019  |  Staff

What Can I Expect From Physical Therapy?


Your physical therapist will begin by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical evaluation to get a good idea on how you and your body works. This initial assessment will help your therapist tailor a therapy plan that better works for you.

Your therapist will evaluate your posture, balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. After assessing your needs, your physical therapist will begin your treatment plan. Physical Therapy varies for every patient, but will likely begin with very simple exercises. At times these exercises are so simple that you might begin to question whether or not they are necessary. Keep in mind that even the smallest movements are crucial to increase the range of motion, mobility, endurance and strength. It very is important that you trust your therapist.

Physical Therapy, depending on your injury or medical condition, can include exercises that improve function and reduce pain. While pain varies with each patient and with each ailment, there is a chance you will experience slight pain during treatment. Your therapist will repeatedly ask your pain level while they evaluate you and during exercises as they strive to make recovery as painless as possible. It is important to maintain open communication with your therapist.


What are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?


When it comes to physical therapy, the benefits all depend on the situation. Some benefits of physical therapy include:

  • Pain management
  • Reduced need for opioids
  • Improved mobility, movement and balance
  • Recovery from injury or trauma
  • Recovery from stroke or paralysis
  • Avoiding surgery

What are the Common Conditions Treated with Physical Therapy?


From sports injuries to traumatic injuries such as car accidents, Ventura Orthopedics Physical Therapists are certified to work on injuries including the following:

  • Neck Injuries (neck pain, stiff neck)
  • Shoulder Injuries (shoulder pain, impingement, dislocated shoulder)
  • Wrist Injuries (sprained wrist, wrist pain)
  • Hand Injuries (sprained finger, sprained thumb)
  • Back Injuries (lower back pain, chronic back pain, upper back pain, muscle spasm)
  • Hip Pain (weak muscles, impingement, labral tears)
  • Elbow Injuries (elbow pain, tennis elbow)
  • Knee Injuries (sprained knee, ACL tear, MCL sprain, knee pain or fracture)
  • Leg Pain (muscle spasms, muscle tears)
  • Foot Injury (heel spurs, sprained foot, Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Ankle Injuries (ankle sprain, ankle pain)



The road to recovery from an injury or procedure can be painful and lengthy. However, an experienced and trained physical therapist will work with you every step of the way to meet your needs and assist in recovery. Ventura Orthopedics offers years of clinical experience, the latest equipment and a professional staff that is always willing to help you. Call us today at 800.698.1280 to schedule an appointment.

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