Physical therapy is a process that is designed to reduce pain, not increase it. Despite the popular saying “no pain, no gain”, physical therapy should not be painful or worsen existing pain. In fact, avoiding physical therapy can lead to more injuries and prolonged discomfort. Therapeutic modalities are specialized equipment that physical therapists may use as part of the treatment session and general rehabilitation.
After a physical therapy session, some patients may experience a “physical therapy hangover”, which is a short-lived but unpleasant discomfort. If the discomfort is excessive, patients should contact their physical therapist for more information. It is important to understand that an increase in discomfort is permissible during physical therapy, but an increase in pain is not. If swelling or pain increases over time, patients should check with their physical therapist immediately.
At Mid-County Physical Therapy, we understand that physical therapy can be a traumatic experience for some patients. That's why we strive to explain how our solutions can help reduce pain and improve your condition. With our help, you can achieve long-term relief from your pain.