Physical Therapy

Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pediatrics & Pulmonology located in San Antonio, TX

Physical therapy has multiple benefits for a wide range of health problems, from back pain to Parkinson’s disease. At San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine in Texas, you can access expert physical therapy that helps you heal, relieves pain, and restores function. To find out more about the exceptional physical therapy services available, call one of the practice’s three San Antonio offices or book an appointment online today.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy combines specialized exercises with passive treatments to improve physical function and reduce pain. It helps strengthen your musculoskeletal system — the joints, muscles, and connective tissues. Expert physical therapy keeps you flexible, preventing muscle wastage and stiffness that develops when you’re inactive.

Physical therapy also encourages healing. It improves blood flow, which gets more freshly oxygenated blood into the damaged area. Blood delivers not only essential oxygen but also substances that repair and regrow injured tissues, such as nutrients, healing cells, and growth factors.

Physical therapy is so safe and effective that San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine uses it in many patients’ treatment plans.

What conditions benefit from physical therapy?

Physical therapy is beneficial for many injuries and disorders, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Tendinitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Even though conditions like arthritis are incurable, physical therapy can still help you stay mobile and manage your pain. Its uses also extend far beyond these common orthopedic diseases and injuries.

Physical therapy helps with post-surgical rehabilitation, stopping your muscles and connective tissues from getting weak and promoting faster recovery. If you have a neurological condition like a stroke or Parkinson’s disease, physical therapy can help you regain lost function and slow down further deterioration.

Physical therapy is also a key element of chronic disease management, helping to stop conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease from worsening.

What kind of physical therapy might I need?

You might benefit from active, passive, or, most likely, a combination of physical therapies. Active physical therapy consists of movements and exercises where you put in some effort. Passive physical therapy doesn’t involve any exertion on your part; you receive the treatment from your therapist. Common forms of physical therapy include:

  • Active or assisted stretching
  • Balance and coordination exercises
  • Resistance and endurance exercises
  • Posture exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Taping, splinting, and bracing

Your highly skilled physical therapist at San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine selects treatments that suit your unique needs. To ensure your therapy achieves optimal results, your therapist works closely with your doctor.

To learn more about the many benefits of physical therapy, call San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.