Physical Therapy Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Physical therapy is a vital part of your recovery from illness, injury, and surgery of many different kinds, and without expert therapy you might end up with reduced function and chronic health problems. The highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, has its own fully equipped physical therapy department with expert staff on hand to help you get and stay fit both before and after injury. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a critical tool that forms part of almost every patient’s recovery from musculoskeletal problems. It’s so crucial for effective and long-lasting results that the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, team has its own physical therapy department on site.

Physical therapy involves exercising and stretching in ways that help you get your strength and mobility back. Your physical therapist assesses your condition and creates a rehabilitation program designed for your individual needs.

They might help you while you make specific movements, and they’ll spend time with you making sure you know exactly how to perform your exercises.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

Physical therapy has numerous benefits, including:

 

Maintaining range of motion

Muscles and connective tissues that aren’t being used tend to weaken and get shorter, increasing your stiffness. If you feel stiff, you might struggle with everyday activities like getting up from your chair or reaching for something on a high shelf.

Stretching exercises keep your soft tissues flexible and help strengthen them, preventing the vicious cycle of stiffness and loss of movement.

 

Preventing scar tissue buildup

Scar tissue forms naturally whenever you’re injured, which includes after having surgery. If you don’t stretch the tissues in the correct way when the scar tissue’s forming, it can grow in such a way that it limits how well you can move. A large buildup of scar tissue can also cause chronic pain and might require surgical removal.

 

Regain strength

Unused muscles, connective tissues, and even bones start to get weak. If you’ve been sick or injured and unable to move very much, you need to rebuild your strength gradually, which the physical therapists at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, can help you achieve safely.

 

Prevent future problems

Preventing physical problems is always better than dealing with injuries and chronic health problems. You can learn how to avoid injury and ill health with a physical therapist’s help, as well as improving your fitness, muscle mass, and flexibility.

Physical therapy is a well-established, proven method of helping you recover. In most cases, insurance covers the cost, although you should always check your policy to make sure.

 


How do I access physical therapy services?

If you’re a patient at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, your provider refers you for physical therapy as part of your treatment plan. Having onsite access to expert physical therapy services at the same location ensures optimal communication and coordination of your care, as well as being far more convenient for you.

The physical therapy department also offers free injury screenings. If you’re in pain after a workout or feel something give during a game, you can call to arrange a free screening. The physical therapists assess your injury and provide you with advice on home care as appropriate. They can also tell you whether you need to see a doctor for further evaluation.

To find out more about the physical therapy services available, call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, today or book an appointment online.