Can Exercise Help With Your Recovery?
Exercise and Rehabilitation Plans for Sports Injuries and Chronic Pain Management
Incorporating exercise into treatment plans is an effective way to help nurture recovery from serious injury. Patients who are using a combination of non-invasive and minimally invasive pain management treatments and physical therapy will likely be prescribed a number of specific exercises to strengthen muscles and promote healing. They can be used for pain tolerance as well as preventative care for future pain.
Exercise helps by:
- Increasing muscle strength
- Increasing muscle flexibility
- Reducing sensitivity to pain
- Improving mobility
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing fatigue
Rehabilitation therapy programs that include an exercise regimen allow patients to improve or restore their range of motion for injured areas and improve the chances of total recovery. For patients who are recovering from spinal injuries or looking to reduce lower back pain, exercise supports the positive development of the strength and muscle flexibility needed to limit additional damage to those areas while they are still sensitive.
Common Rehabilitation Exercises
Rehabilitation exercises are intended to help return the functionality of injured muscles, ligaments and joints. At Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C., we provide a specialized treatment plan to help you regain strength after injury because we understand that each injury should be treated differently.
Rehabilitation exercises can vary depending on the severity and type of injury. It’s best to connect with your orthopaedic specialist to determine the exercises and physical therapy approach that is best for your overall health and development goals.
There are many exercise options available for those dealing with a range of spinal and sports injuries. Below are links to common rehabilitation exercises.
Exercise can be the key to your recovery, as well as a good prevention against future pain. Below are links to common rehabilitation exercises.
- Carpal Tunnel
- Tennis Elbow
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Runner's Knee
- Rotator Cuff
- Neck Strain
- Low Back Pain
Signs Exercise Treatment May Be Right for You
A prescribed exercise or a physical therapy routine is not always the best option to recover from sports or spinal injury. At Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, we understand how important it is to lead our patients to the right solution for them, so a variety of factors will be taken into consideration to determine if exercise rehabilitation is your best option.
You may also want to consider your preferences when it comes to your timeline for recovery. Factors to take into account include:
- Your injury is limiting your range of motion: Over time, your injuries may cause you to have limited mobility, even extending to other parts of your body. Exercise rehabilitation can help prevent this and return flexibility and strength to your ligaments.
- You want to prevent future pain: Exercise rehabilitation treatment programs are an effective way to prevent future pain because they reinforce the durability of your musculoskeletal system and supporting muscles. With the right exercise program, you can return to your optimal condition and potentially improve your condition to better than it was before the injury.
- You have chronic pain: Chronic pain is a common consequence of spinal or sports injuries, particularly if resting and icing your injuries is not resulting in improvement. Exercise is an effective treatment for chronic pain because you are retraining your body to function. Targeted exercise treatment can improve your overall ability to move, as well as increase serotonin production, which can reduce and prevent feelings of pain in the long run.
- You notice new issues begin to arise: Limited mobility as a result of muscle injury can have additional consequences on your health and wellness. You may have to rely on other muscles for your normal tasks, which can result in their overuse or underuse. The imbalance may cause additional pain in other parts of your body. Exercise rehabilitation can help you treat the root cause of your pain, which may allow you to restore balance to your musculoskeletal system.
Factors That Determine Your Exercise Treatment Plan
The main factors that will affect your treatment plan include the extent of your injury and your fitness and recovery goals. With the careful guidance of one of our orthopaedic specialists, we can help to determine the best route to restore your mobility and functionality.
Your specific regimen may have various goals, each of which will be evaluated as we tailor your routine. Some goals we strive for when personalizing your exercise plan may include:
- Lower your chance of reinjury
- Reduce and manage pain
- Help you to establish long-term care and pain management routines
Learn About Exercises to Aid in Your Recovery and Help Manage Pain in Georgia
If you’ve been injured or are dealing with chronic pain, prescribed physical therapy and exercise routines may be an important part of your recovery plan. At Non-Surgical Orthopaedic, we provide personalized exercise treatment plans geared to help you return to full strength. For Georgia residents who want a non-invasive solution to pain management, we’re here to help.
To learn more about your options call us at 770-421-1420 or schedule a consultation online.