Physical therapy is a major component of rehabilitation, but patients can experience light to moderate pain levels during their standard physical therapy sessions. When part of our body is injured or weak, getting those muscles back to their fullest ability may come with some physical challenges.
Pain is a stressor on the body and mind, thus it can be pretty distracting if a patient is experiencing pain during their physical therapy appointments. To maximize the patient’s participation, it may help to give pain medication, like aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, thirty-to-sixty minutes before physical therapy to prevent incidental pain. This will help with stronger engagement on the patient’s end and contribute to more benefit being gained from rehabilitation therapy. It is also important to keep in mind that breathing and consciously trying to relax muscles can reduce pain levels. Exercises and stretches can also help alleviate persistent pain. Therapy to address pain and regain daily functionality is best provided by skilled therapists and an interdisciplinary team. At South Coast Post Acute we provide exactly that with our therapists, physicians, and 24-hour skilled nursing unit.
At South Coast Post Acute, we are by your side through every step of your rehabilitation journey. With compassionate and exceptional staff, we support all of your medical and health goals. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.