Physical Therapy Specialist

International Spine, Pain & Performance Center

Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine located in Washington, DC & Arlington, VA

Physical therapy helps you build strength and flexibility, which can reduce musculoskeletal pain in your back and throughout your body. The team of pain experts at International Spine Pain & Performance Center, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia, often includes physical therapy in treatment plans for painful issues ranging from arthritis to herniated discs. If you want to learn how physical therapy can reduce your pain, call ISPP Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Physical Therapy

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a rehabilitative treatment that involves supervised exercises and stretches, as well as massage, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and other therapies designed to help you build strength, flexibility, and balance.

The pain management experts at International Spine Pain & Performance Center often combine physical therapy with other treatments to relieve pain and correct some of the musculoskeletal weaknesses and issues that cause painful spine conditions.

For example, if you have a surgical procedure, they prescribe physical therapy to support your recovery and help you maintain your muscle tone and strength until you can get back to your regular activities. Additionally, athletes of all levels use physical therapy to both recover from sports-related injuries and improve their strength and balance to reduce their risk of future injuries.

What conditions improve with physical therapy?

Doctors across almost all specialties recommend physical therapy for certain conditions. The team at International Spine Pain & Performance Center recommend physical therapy for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle imbalances and tension
  • Sports injuries

If you live with pain, schedule a consultation with the team at ISPP Center to learn how physical therapy can reduce your pain and improve your wellness.

What should I expect from physical therapy?

During your physical therapy appointments, your therapist guides you through carefully selected exercises and stretches to help you develop strength and flexibility. The activities may help your muscles, tendons, and ligaments heal from any damage due to overcompensation for weakness or problems in your spine. In addition to your work during your session, your therapist also teaches you exercises and treatments to practice at home so you can maintain your progress between appointments.

Depending on your condition and needs, your appointments may also include therapeutic treatments such as massage, TENS therapy, or hydrotherapy.

Am I a good candidate for physical therapy?

Almost everyone benefits from physical therapy. If you’re living with back pain or discomfort anywhere in your body, the team of pain management experts at ISPP Center provides thorough assessments and customized treatment plans.

Call International Spine Pain & Performance Center or schedule an appointment online today for personalized pain management services such as physical therapy.