How long is too late for Physical Therapy?

Did I wait too long for physical therapy? It’s a common question and concern we are often asked here at Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy. We understand why. When accidents and injuries happen, your life doesn’t go on pause. There are many reasons people put off physical therapy. Maybe you thought your injury would heal on its own. Or you were worried about the cost or time physical therapy would take. Maybe you were even skeptical about physical therapy doing anything to help with your pain, stiffness or limited range of motion.

We understand. Here at Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy, we treat patients at every stage of injury, from accidents that just happened to past injuries that have turned into chronic issues. We’ve designed our business to be as convenient as possible for patients to seek the life-changing care that gets them back to enjoying doing the things they love most. That’s why we offer four convenient locations in Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn, and Closter, New Jersey. Each has patient-friendly hours, with weekend and evening appointments available.

There are many reasons that prevent people from seeking the physical therapy they need. But before you resign yourself to a life of chronic pain, read on to find out if there is hope.

What injuries require physical therapy?

Physical therapy can help with a wide variety of injuries. Many people think of sports injuries such as ACL knee injuries, tennis elbow, or rotator cuff issues when they think of physical therapy. And indeed, here at Oakland Spine, we do see a lot of athletes of all ages and skill levels.

But it’s not just those who are playing on a field that can benefit from physical therapy. Work injuries, ranging from accidents on the job to repetitive stress injuries, can be improved with the help of physical therapy. And injuries that occur in the home or when you’re out and about, such as slips, falls, concussions, sprains, strains and tears to muscle and ligaments can also be addressed with the help of physical therapy.

What does physical therapy accomplish?

At Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy, we approach physical therapy as a three-step process. First, we address your pain, using exercises and techniques to minimize or eliminate pain. Next we help you to increase your functionality of the muscle/region. This includes working on improving your range of motion and also your flexibility. Finally, we’ll work with you on strengthening the region of your body so that you can regain function and work to prevent further injuries in the area from occuring in the future. This combined approach will help you to regain function while reducing pain, stiffness, and weakness.

Who can benefit from physical therapy?

Here at Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy, we treat patients of all ages and fitness levels. You don’t need to be in perfect physical shape to benefit from physical therapy. Our trained therapists create a customized treatment plan for each patient based on their needs, goals, and capabilities.

Whether you have a new acute injury, are working to recover from surgery, or have a chronic condition that you live with, physical therapy can help you achieve greater functionality and less pain. If you are a senior, physical therapy can be quite beneficial in not only addressing pain issues, but also equipping you with the exercises and stretches to maintain longevity, improve balance and minimize the risk of falls.

What are the potential effects of not seeking treatment?

The best thing you can do when you have an injury or experience the onset of pain, is to seek the help of a physical therapist. Here at Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy, you’ll receive comprehensive care with an evaluation by a doctor of chiropractic who can create a customized plan for your treatment and healing.

If you delay treatment or don’t maintain consistent appointments with your physical therapist, your recovery will be much slower and less effective. You may experience loss of function, or you may continue to suffer pain unnecessarily. Lack of therapy can cause an injury to get worse if you don’t address muscle mobility and strengthening.

Is it ever too late for physical therapy?

If you’re concerned you waited too long to receive physical therapy, we have great news. There is no window of time that closes shut and prevents physical therapy from improving your condition. Yes, we always encourage patients to seek treatment as soon as an injury hits. This can ensure proper healing and the best outcomes. But by no means does that equate with physical therapy being useless after time has gone by since your injury occurred.

If you’ve lived with pain or physical limitations due to injury for some time, it can feel as though nothing will ever change. But we know many patients are proof that improvements are possible even for old injuries and chronic pain conditions. With the help of physical therapy’s strength training, flexibility exercises and endurance routines, you can experience less chronic pain and greater range of motion and mobility. It’s never too late to address an old injury or chronic pain condition. You owe it to yourself and your family to try.

Five Reasons to Start Physical Therapy

  1. It’s time to take back your life. Each of us has only one life to live and one body to live it. Have you had to say no to an activity that you wanted to do? Or have you had days ruined by physical pain or stiffness? Why waste any more time when you can begin to regain strength, function and flexibility. You have the opportunity to improve your life, so why not take it?
  2. It’s low-commitment. Physical therapy doesn’t involve an invasive surgery that would require significant recovery time. Your sessions can be short and scheduled at times that are convenient for you.
  3. It’s virtually risk-free. Unlike surgeries or prescription pain medication, physical therapy is safe. The worst side effect you might experience is muscle soreness, the same that you’d feel if you worked out at the gym. With so little to lose, and so much to gain, there’s no reason to put physical therapy off any longer.
  4. It’s cost-effective. Did you know physical therapy is one of the most cost-effective therapies available for injuries? In addition to being budget-friendly, it’s also a therapy that you can learn and take with you when your in-office treatments are through. You’ll gain insight that can improve your physical wellness for years to come.
  5. Physical therapy can set you up for better longevity. Between strengthening your muscles, enhancing your balance and flexibility, physical therapy can help you take steps to ensure healthy aging, so you remain active and enjoy life to the fullest for more years.

Convenient Physical Therapy for Residents of North Jersey

At Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy, we welcome anyone who has an old injury or unaddressed pain condition to receive an evaluation. We’ll help you to tailor a plan that works for your lifestyle and capabilities. Our four North Jersey locations in Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn, and Closter, New Jersey have convenient hours including evenings and weekends. We’ll help you design a physical therapy plan that works for your needs. Ready to finally say goodbye to those nagging aches and pains and live life to the fullest? Begin your healing journey by requesting an appointment today.