Reducing Your Dependence on Medications and Other Benefits of Physical Therapy

If you have a musculoskeletal problem that has you constantly reaching for your bottle of painkillers or anti-inflammatories, you may feel temporarily better, but the discomfort will return. It always does. That’s because these medications do little to address the underlying cause of your pain, instead only providing you with a fleeting reprieve. Through physical therapy, you can reduce your dependence on these medications and set yourself up for a pain-free and active future.

At Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, under the experienced direction of Dr. Keith Steigbigel, our team of highly qualified physical therapists offers a wide range of services that are designed to provide patients in Milford, Connecticut, with long-term and sustainable solutions. Whether you have chronic back problems or arthritis is gaining the upper hand in your joints, our physical therapy services address the root cause of your discomfort, which is a far better proposition than simply managing your symptoms.

Here’s a look at how physical therapy can reduce your dependence on medications, and much more.

Ditch the pills

If you’ve been struggling with musculoskeletal pain, we understand that relief is your top priority — and if all it takes is a little pill, all the better. But hours after you take your medication, your pain and discomfort inevitably return, sending you back to the bottle.

If you’d like to reduce your dependence on medications that only mask the problem, you need to find a solution that tackles the issue at its source, which is what physical therapy accomplishes.

Physical therapy isn’t a supervised workout at the gym, it’s a custom-tailored program that helps you strengthen weakened areas, reduce inflammation, and maintain range of motion.

Say, for example, you’re having problems in your knee. With physical therapy, we target and strengthen the support structures in your knee, taking the pressure off the injured area. By spreading out the workload more evenly, we can give your damaged tissue the time and support it needs to heal and rebuild for long-lasting results.

Avoiding surgery

Another great benefit of physical therapy is that by devoting yourself to rehabilitating your injury using the powerful resources in your own body, you may be able to avoid surgery. If you’re in pain, the thought of surgery may be very unappealing as it only adds to your discomfort for a time.

Through physical therapy, we can devise a plan that works with your body, rather than working around it with surgery. The human musculoskeletal system is extraordinarily complex and we can approach your problem from several different angles through targeted exercises.

At the very least, it’s worth exploring all of your options before going under the knife, and physical therapy delivers effective results.

Rehabbing for the future

One of the primary goals when it comes to sports medicine and physical therapy is protection against re-injury. All too often, people struggle because they push their injuries too early, which can leave them worse off than before. Our mission is to restrengthen your injured area in a way that prevents re-injury.

To do this, we not only concentrate on bringing your damaged tissue back from injury or disease, we also target surrounding tissues so that you have adequate back-up support.

As well, through our physical therapy, we can track your progress and give you the push you need, as well as reign you in if you’re doing too much, too soon. It can be extremely frustrating to do the work only to set yourself back again through re-injury. Our goal is to prevent that outcome through vigilant oversight.

If you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of physical therapy, please contact us at (203) 409-2145 or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.

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