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Why Physical Therapy Is Essential During the Coronavirus Pandemic

While the number of active COVID-19 cases in Texas is gradually decreasing, the threat of the virus is still at an all-time high. People are continuing to take precautionary measures to prevent another wave of the pandemic from surfacing.

As social distancing continues, most people are avoiding public spaces and spending the large majority of their time at home. While this has increased statewide safety, it has also taken a toll on people’s orthopedic conditions and physical fitness.

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Here’s why physical therapy has become essential during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

It Serves As an Alternate Treatment for Musculoskeletal Conditions

Visiting hospitals while wearing proper protective covering is gradually becoming more acceptable owing to enhanced hospital safety and the drop in cases. However, many people are still choosing to err on the side of caution and remain indoors. This has made it more difficult for them to receive timely treatment for orthopedic conditions. In fact, many people have been forced to delay scheduled surgeries.

Physical therapy is a great way to manage musculoskeletal conditions without making frequent rounds to the hospital. Patients can follow their physical therapy plan at home and meet with their physical therapist on a biweekly basis, which increases convenience and safety.

It Promotes Pain Relief

physical therapist guiding a senior citizen

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to develop a sedentary lifestyle, which has wreaked havoc on their bodies. Other factors such as reduced mobility have also played a role in exacerbating pain.

Physical therapy exercises help relieve chronic pain by restoring muscle and joint function. From reducing stiffness and soreness to combating aches, these exercises help people manage painful symptoms associated with orthopedic disorders.

It Increases Strength, Mobility, and Flexibility

Over time, unaddressed pain can reduce overall strength, mobility, and flexibility. With reduced range of motion, people may struggle to perform routine chores.

In addition, they may feel more lethargic and enfeebled.

An custom physical therapy plan addresses each symptom and builds strength and flexibility to promote optimal movement.

It Reduces Swelling and Inflammation of the Joints

Physical activity causes joint inflammation, which puts people at risk of long-term cartilage and bone damage, nerve damage, and muscle loss.

As more people delay timely diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic, joint inflammation can gradually worsen and develop into a debilitating condition that may require invasive surgery.

Physical therapy significantly reduces this risk.

Physical Therapy Services at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we measure a wide range of conditions that affect flexibility, mobility, strength, balance, and posture whether it’s caused by disease, injury or age to determine the right physical therapy plan for your condition.

Whether you’re struggling to relieve back pain, joint stiffness or weakness, our expert physical therapists can help. Browse through our physical therapy services to find a doctor who’s right for you. He or she can get you back on the road to better health with physical therapy whether it’s by itself or in conjunction with other treatment methods.