Reducing Your Dependence on Medications With Physical Therapy

Reducing Your Dependence on Medications With Physical Therapy

No one should live in pain. But, before reaching for that bottle of pain relievers, it’s essential to understand your treatment options, so you can get the safest and most effective relief available.

At Greenwich Wellness in Greenwich, Connecticut, Adam Massoud, DC, offers pain management solutions that support your body’s natural healing processes. If you want to reduce your dependence on pain medications, Dr. Massoud recommends exploring physical therapy.

How physical therapy works

Do you picture therapeutic exercises and movements when you think of physical therapy? You’re on the right track, but that’s only one aspect of this specialized form of treatment.

The goal of physical therapy is to improve your range of motion and quality of life as well as help prevent additional injury or disability. Experts in physical therapy undergo specialized training that enables them to diagnose and treat numerous musculoskeletal issues, ranging from injuries and disease to disability and age-related degeneration. 

In addition to exercises and particular physical movements, physical therapy programs can also include: 

Physical therapists can also help during all phases of the healing process. Whether you’ve suffered an injury, had surgery, or are dealing with an ongoing issue, Dr. Massoud can help you through your initial diagnosis and rehabilitation and also help you prevent injuries in the future. 

Physical therapy and pain

Most people only associate physical therapy with recovering from an injury or surgery. And while it does indeed play an essential role in these situations, it’s also a highly effective pain management solution.

At least 50 million American adults live with chronic pain. Unlike acute pain that comes on quickly and goes away with treatment, chronic pain lasts six months or longer, and it can even persist once you heal.

While physical activity is often the last thing people want to do when experiencing pain — which is why many people turn to short-term help with pain medications — physical activity is often a much better solution. This is because physical therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation over the long term. 

Among the many things physical therapy can do, it can help improve:

Furthermore, physical therapy can also help you maintain your physical function and mobility, which can help reduce your chances of becoming limited or disabled by chronic pain.

What to expect from your physical therapy program

Unlike other forms of pain relief, physical therapy isn’t a quick or temporary fix. Instead, it works gradually over time and provides lasting results. Similarly, it recognizes the fact that everyone is different. As a result, your physical therapy program gets customized to your unique needs and is modified as needed to ensure the best results.

During your initial pain consultation, Dr. Massoud performs a thorough evaluation and an in-depth assessment to identify the source of your discomfort. After reaching a diagnosis, he can outline a personalized treatment strategy to address your pain at its root cause.

Aspects of your pain management and physical therapy program could include:

As you find the right combination of therapies, you can expect your pain to lessen and your physical function to return.

If you want to reduce your dependence on pain medication, Dr. Massoud can help. To learn more, call 203-806-9914 or book an appointment online with Greenwich Wellness today.

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