What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a profession that specializes in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of the best possible physical function.

What can physical therapy do for you?

  • Help to prevent the onset of impairments and functional limitations associated with various diseases and injuries.
  • Assist with making everyday tasks easier to complete.
  • Improve your fitness level.
  • Improve your sports performance.

What can I expect at physical therapy?

Our skilled and experienced physical therapists will examine you and create an individualized treatment plan. Depending on the condition, the length of time for recovery and type of intervention varies from patient-to-patient. However, each patient will go through the following stages.

Stages of Healing

Recover
During this stage, your body is dealing with a lot of pain and inflammation.

Physical therapy in this stage will focus on reducing the pain and inflammation, educating you on what may have caused your injury, and eliminating any non-painful dysfunctions that you may have.

Regain
By this stage, inflammation and pain will have greatly decreased and you should be feeling pretty good. However, your body is still healing.

Physical therapy will focus on regaining your previous level of function by strengthening weak muscles and restoring your range of motion to normal levels.

Return
At this stage, the goal is to get your body beyond where you were before your injury.

Physical therapy will focus on teaching you strategies to avoid re-injury as well as set up and review a final home exercise program for you to complete on your own.

Keys to Success

  • Schedule regular appointments and attend them.
  • Make sure that you complete your home exercise program on a regular basis.

If you have any questions or concerns about how you are being treated or how often you are being seen, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist! They want to help you.

Self-Care At Home

You will always receive a home exercise program. It can include stretching, strength training, and core activation.

Keep in mind that physical therapy treatments may cause mild soreness or swelling. This is normal, but talk to your physical therapist if the pain becomes bothersome.

If you would like to find out if your insurance will cover your physical therapy treatments, our team can help you determine this.

Contact Your DMR Method Physical Therapists

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Top Rated Local® physical therapists, please contact our Eagan office at (651) 237-7046 or our Lakeville office at (952) 225-3074. We look forward to helping you along in your recovery!