University Pain and Spine Center
Interventional Pain Management Physician & Minimally Invasive Surgeons located in Somerset, NJ & Monroe Township, NJ
Physical therapy helps restore mobility, improve body balance, and heal from injury and surgery. At the University Pain and Spine Center, the physical therapy team offers care that includes stretching, strengthening, and manual techniques to relieve pain, improve movement, and help you feel better. Call today to learn more about how you can benefit from physical therapy or use the online tool to book an appointment at any of the offices located throughout New Jersey.
Physical Therapy Q & A
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy includes practices that help you recover after illness, surgery, injury, or an accident. Treatments are noninvasive, but reduce pain, improve mobility, and encourage self-healing.
What types of health problems can benefit from physical therapy?
At University Pain and Spine Center, the providers include physical therapy in treatment plans for:
- Joint conditions, like arthritis
- Chronic pain, like fibromyalgia or complex regional pain syndrome
- Cancer pain
- Conditions that cause hand pain, like carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back pain or neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports-related injuries
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
Physical therapy is also beneficial after surgery, especially kyphoplasty or minimally invasive spine surgery.
How can physical therapy help me?
Physical therapy is an essential part of many pain management plans. It can help you:
- Ease pain without medication
- Avoid surgery
- Improve mobility
- Quickly recover from accidents or injury
- Improve balance
Physical therapy also helps improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. If you come to use with a sports-related injury, help you return to play quickly.
What types of techniques are offered during physical therapy?
Your exact physical therapy experience depends on your particular health condition and goals. Your therapist customizes your plan using techniques and treatments like:
- Strengthening exercises
- Massage therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Casting or splinting
- Activity modification
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Mobility devices, like a cane or crutches
- Taping or bracing
- Icing and heat therapy
- Spinal decompression
Your visits also include “homework.” Your therapist teaches you exercises and stretches you can do at home between appointments to speed up your healing.
What should I expect at a physical therapy appointment?
Your therapist develops your physical therapy program in conjunction with your medical provider. They begin by reviewing your medical records and also do a physical exam to assess muscle strength, mobility, and overall health. They pay particular attention to the area of pain.
Your therapist may also order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an MRI, to better understand any underlying problems causing your pain. Once your diagnosis is clear, they’ll develop a treatment plan that includes a variety of therapies to help you heal, prevent future injury, and improve your overall function.
To sign up for physical therapy at University Pain and Spine Center, call any one of the offices today or use the online tool to schedule.