Physical therapy and other rehabilitation services are vital for helping patients recover from devastating injuries, manage chronic conditions, avoid surgery, develop healthy routines, and in many cases avoid the need for prescription medication. Physical therapists and PT assistants help their patients maximize their quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movements. Here are 3 benefits of physical therapy and rehabilitation services:
1. Maximized movement. Pain-free movement is critical for a person’s quality of life, ability to earn a living, and independence. Physical therapists can identify, diagnose, and treat movement issues and help patients improve their ability to move without limitations and pain.
2. Personalized care. At Morrison Community Hospital, doctors of Physical Therapy Rebecca Palarz, Logan Frame, and Peter Becerra provide both inpatient and outpatient care by designing a personalized treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs, challenges, and goals. Patients benefit from improved mobility, pain management, and injury recovery, while helping to prevent future injury and chronic disease. While direct access insurance plans differ, a physician’s referral is not necessary for an evaluation appointment with a physical therapist.
3. Avoidance of opioids and surgery. While prescription opioids are appropriate in some cases with proper dosing, the CDC is urging health care providers to reduce prescribing opioids to patients and instead recommend safe alternatives like physical therapy for managing long-term pain. The risks of opioid usage are well-known, including depression, overdose, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms after stopping usage. Physical therapy can also reduce or eliminate the need for expensive and invasive surgery. For some conditions, including meniscal tears, knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease, treatment by a physical therapist can be as effective as surgery.
For more information, please contact the Physical Therapy Department at Morrison Community Hospital (815-772-5548).
Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison, IL 61270