5 Reasons Why You Need Physical Therapy


October is National Physical Therapy month, a great time to talk about how physical therapy can play an important role in your recovery from a lower limb injury or surgery. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center in Howell, New Jersey, we prescribe physical therapy to our patients for a number of reasons, including these top five:

  1. PT improves your ability to move when you’re having trouble walking, running, or standing due to arthritis, tendinitis, other overuse injury, or chronic pain or instability.
  2. PT keeps you out of the operating room: exercises, electric stimulation, soft tissue massage, and other physical manipulation can be helpful steps to take before considering surgery.
  3. PT aids your recovery from an injury or surgery: PT can be an integral part of your recovery from an accident or sports injury and help ensure a safe return to your sport. It can also be an essential part of the healing process after surgery.
  4. PT eases pain: physical therapy reduces inflammation and restores proper health and function of muscles and joints.
  5. PT helps prevent falls by alleviating the pain or improper alignment that can affect balance, which is especially important for older adults. 

Physical therapists

· treat people of all ages

· treat people of all abilities

· consult with you individually about your specific needs and treatment

· teach you how to manage a chronic pain or condition at home

· can prevent a disability from becoming  permanent

· can help you better perform certain tasks such as getting dressed

· understand how all body parts work together for efficient movement

· undergo extensive training and are licensed to practice

Our Monmouth County podiatry practice includes a physical therapist under our own roof. That means if we prescribe physical therapy, you don’t have to hobble elsewhere. Valerie Gregory, MSPT, CKTP, our on-staff, board-certified physical therapist works closely with Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Joseph Saka, and Dr. Katy Statler to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

For more information about how we use physical therapy in our podiatry practice, contact us online or call (732) 905-1110.