Why Does Physical Therapy Hurt? Understanding Pain After PT

Physical therapy done by a certified professional should not hurt. Learn what to expect from PT and how to address any discomfort.

Why Does Physical Therapy Hurt? Understanding Pain After PT

When it comes to healing, pain is often part of the process. People may be hesitant to start physical therapy due to fear of pain, but the truth is that physical therapy done by a certified professional should not hurt. In fact, avoiding physical therapy can worsen injuries and prolong discomfort. Knowing what to expect can help you address any discomfort physical therapy causes with confidence and success.

Pain is a natural part of the healing process when it comes to using muscles. When you move your body, the injured muscle activates pain fibers in the injured area and you feel pain. It's important to understand that this type of pain is different from chronic pain or acute pain felt after an injury or surgery. It's important to drink plenty of water and end each exercise with light stretches to help the body eliminate waste and promote muscle recovery.

Manual therapy and exercise can help heal and optimize movement and strength without worsening pain. If you experience a muscle spasm, it can be relieved with ice and rest (you might consider using a neck brace if your doctor recommends it). It's also important to remember that physical therapy is supposed to help relieve pain, not make it worse. If you feel any pain during or after physical therapy, it's important to speak up and let your therapist know so they can adjust your plan accordingly.At Pace Physical Therapy, individualized post-surgical recovery not only minimizes pain and accelerates healing time, but it can also reduce the chances of postoperative complications, such as infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle fatigue, scar tissue, decreased function, and other factors that may adversely affect long-term health.Physical therapy can be an effective way to relieve pain in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, feet and more.

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