4 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know You Could Go to Physical Therapy For

When most peo­ple think of phys­i­cal ther­a­py, they may think of the usu­al con­di­tions, such as reha­bil­i­ta­tion after surgery, a sports injury or back pain. Although that’s true, phys­i­cal ther­a­pists cov­er many more conditions.

Even if your pain isn’t one of the more com­mon symp­toms, it does­n’t mean your con­di­tion can’t be treat­ed with phys­i­cal ther­a­py. If you’ve been expe­ri­enc­ing joint pain, mus­cle pain or a decrease in phys­i­cal func­tion, talk to your Duly Health and Care provider. They may refer you to a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist. Duly offers phys­i­cal and occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­py in many spe­cial­ty areas to ensure that the ther­a­py you receive is indi­vid­u­al­ized to your spe­cif­ic needs and condition.

Your provider will be able to refer you to a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist who match­es to your needs. In addi­tion to a sports injury or reha­bil­i­ta­tion after surgery, here are 4 things you may not have known that phys­i­cal ther­a­py can treat.

1. Migraines

A migraine is a recur­ring headache that can range from mod­er­ate to severe. It has been described as a puls­ing or throb­bing feel­ing that often includes nau­sea and weak­ness. Although there’s no cure, if you’ve been expe­ri­enc­ing migraines, a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist might rec­om­mend treat­ment to help you man­age the symptoms. 

A 2020 study lists two ways that phys­i­cal ther­a­py may bring relief to migraine sufferers:

  • Address­ing weak­ness­es or dam­age to bones, as well as mus­cles and oth­er soft tissue
  • Address­ing both pos­ture and inner-ear-relat­ed bal­ance issues

Dur­ing a phys­i­cal ther­a­py ses­sion, you may spend time stretch­ing, which can loosen your mus­cles and release any phys­i­cal ten­sion. Stress caus­es your mus­cles to tense up. Stretch­ing can some­times help man­age migraines because stress is a trig­ger for near­ly 70% of peo­ple who have migraines.

After a thor­ough eval­u­a­tion, your phys­i­cal ther­a­pist and refer­ring physi­cian will work togeth­er to cre­ate a treat­ment plan that’s right for you.

If you’re expe­ri­enc­ing an injury or pain, a phys­i­cal ther­a­py treat­ment plan may be what you need. Talk to your provider about your symp­toms. They may have you sched­ule an appoint­ment with a Duly phys­i­cal ther­a­pist.

2. Dizziness/​Vertigo

Phys­i­cal ther­a­py may be help­ful if you expe­ri­ence dizzi­ness and ver­ti­go. Ver­ti­go makes you feel like every­thing is spin­ning even when you’re stand­ing still. Your phys­i­cal ther­a­pist will first want to learn what trig­gers your ver­ti­go. They may ask ques­tions such as:

  • When does the dizzi­ness begin and when does it stop?
  • Do you expe­ri­ence ring­ing, hear­ing loss, or a feel­ing of full­ness in your ears?
  • Are you nau­seous when you expe­ri­ence dizziness? 

    After their eval­u­a­tion, ther­a­py may include exer­cis­es to strength­en your bal­ance and to bet­ter man­age or tol­er­ate visu­al­ly stim­u­lat­ing envi­ron­ments. They may also be able to improve your dizzi­ness in just one vis­it depend­ing on the sever­i­ty of your con­di­tion. Your phys­i­cal ther­a­pist will find a treat­ment to help you man­age ver­ti­go and get you mov­ing again.

    3. Pelvic Pain

    If you’re deal­ing with Pelvic Pain, a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist may be able to help. Many peo­ple tend to ignore or don’t want to dis­cuss pain in their low­er abdomen or pelvis. Pelvic pain can be very dis­rup­tive to dai­ly activ­i­ties and affects up to 20% of men and women in the Unit­ed States.

    A phys­i­cal ther­a­pist can help get to the root cause of your pelvic pain and pro­vide treat­ment that will restore strength and func­tion to the mus­cles and joints in the pelvic region. They will also pro­vide edu­ca­tion on how to ensure long-term relief of pelvic pain. 

    4. Chron­ic Fatigue

    Chron­ic fatigue syn­drome (CFS) is a con­di­tion where a per­son expe­ri­ences extreme fatigue for more than 6 months. In addi­tion to fatigue, oth­er symp­toms of CFS some­times include gen­er­al body pains, headaches, brain fog, dif­fi­cul­ty sleep­ing, and mus­cle weak­ness. If you’ve been diag­nosed with CFS, treat­ment and phys­i­cal ther­a­py can help you find relief for any dis­com­fort you might be feel­ing. It’ll also improve your qual­i­ty of life.

    A phys­i­cal ther­a­pist can help you learn to bal­ance peri­ods of activ­i­ty with peri­ods of rest, increase your short-term endurance and strength, and ease your pain and improve your over­all movement.

    What Our Phys­i­cal Ther­a­pists Do

    Our phys­i­cal ther­a­pists work to restore your func­tion and improve your mobil­i­ty. They offer a diverse range of ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments and spe­cial­ty pro­grams to meet your indi­vid­ual needs. 

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      Call 630−967−2000 today to sched­ule an appoint­ment with a Duly Phys­i­cal Ther­a­pist, so that you can part­ner togeth­er to deter­mine what your goals are, and how best to achieve them.

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      • I believe in a patient-centered approach to healthcare through which each individual is in the driver's seat to achieve their functional goals. With the combination of motivation, education, and exercise, it is my goal to ensure each one of my patients learn how to not only improve their quality of life through rehabilitation, but also to turn positive clinical outcomes into lifestyle habits.