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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