Physical Therapy: A Key Component of Recovery

South Coast Post Acute is the post-acute community of choice for patients, providers, and caregivers in Southern California. We excel at offering intensive medical and physical rehabilitation care for residents recovering after a hospital stay, illness or injury. Our team of highly-skilled medical professionals provides you with the opportunity to regain your highest level of functionality, with the ultimate goal of getting healthy and getting home.

An integral component of the recovery process for the members of our community is adhering to a structured plan of physical therapy. Our physical therapists are licensed specialists trained to work with you to restore your activity, strength, and range of motion following an injury, disease or surgery, using specialized equipment and specific exercises and stretches. They can also share techniques geared toward helping you prevent further injuries. Our physical therapists are well-versed in surgical procedures and setting treatment goals tailored to improve your fitness and well-being.

Here are some of the benefits of adhering to a strict regimen of physical therapy:

Maintaining strength

As you age, you can lose a lot of your strength, balance, and flexibility. This makes you less motivated to be active, leading to even more loss of strength. Physical therapy helps maintain these functions so you can be more active and avoid harmful falls, leading to a more stable and youthful life.

Minimizing the effects of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that can decrease bone mass and density, which can be the cause of many physical challenges. Without physical therapy, there is more risk for an increase in broken bones and fractures. Along with an appropriate diet, physical therapy can reduce the effects of osteoporosis and prevent dangerous consequences.

Alleviating pain caused by arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem in the senior community. Physical therapy can preserve joint strength and alleviate pain through various exercises. South Coast can provide therapeutic exercises to relieve discomfort through specific techniques, as well as activity modifications to your everyday routine to help you manage the pain effectively.

Stretching tight joints and muscles

Stretching is essential for maintaining a healthy range of motion with joints and the flexibility of muscles. If you have stiff joints or tight muscles, especially after surgery or a stay in the hospital, performing normal activities such as climbing stairs or reaching overhead can be severely affected. Proper stretching can make these common movements comfortable again. After you’ve suffered an injury or had surgery, scar tissue forms, and soft tissue contracts. That’s why it’s so important to regularly stretch, to ensure that scar formation does not get in the way of your rehabilitation.

At South Coast, our skilled nursing and licensed physical therapy specialists want to ensure you are able to live life to the fullest after surgery, illness or serious injury. Contact us today to learn more about Santa Ana’s choice for skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, and post-acute care.

 

Real People. Remarkable Care. South Coast Post Acute.

By |2019-02-21T11:25:14+00:00February 21st, 2019|Healthy Living|0 Comments