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Mrs. Eller/ Mr. Williams
5 September 2016
Physical Therapy in the Real World
Regarding teens and children, more than 3.5 million people in the United States alone experience a sports related injury every year. Physical therapy is a tried and true method to rehabilitating injured people all around the world. Without this certified method of injury recovery, many people would remain damaged physically. Although it is not a speedy process, physical therapy, the treatment of injury or deformity by physical methods rather than drugs, is vital to the possible full recovery of an injured athlete or a commonplace person.
Physical therapy assesses and treats the injuries that many sports players endure along the path of their athletic career while instilling hope and trust into the given patient. Physical therapy has proven to be a very important role in the recovery of injured athletes because “Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries” (What Physical Therapists Do). Without physical therapy, a certified and trusted way of healing an injury without drugs is a tedious and typically fruitless task. Of course, other careers and certifications allow people to assess and treat sports injuries, but no method is as reliable and trusted as a certified physical therapist. Athletes all around the world rely on the knowledge and in-depth skills of a physical therapist to recover them to their healthiest possible form. Relying on the skills and knowledge
of a physical therapist only comes with trust in the recovery process and is necessary for a full or near full recovery.
Trust is built between a physical therapist and patient as the injury being healed becomes less painful and more mobile. Without trust, the patient may not perform all of the instructed stretches and workouts needed to achieve the highest possible physical shape, thus never healing and further debilitating the patient. With trust, the patient is more likely to experience a quicker and healthier rehabilitation because “The alliance between therapist and patient appears to have a positive effect on treatment outcome in physical rehabilitation settings” (Hall). Studies show that a positive relationship between physical therapist and patient creates a more constructive environment and a healthier recovery. Trust is gained better through patient to therapist rather than patient to medicine. Humans relate to other humans and, in turn, their mental state improves thus allowing their physical state to improve at a faster rate. Taking prescribed drugs or even un-prescribed drugs such as steroids does not sit well with many athletes because they realize that “Drugs can have lasting effects on the brain and body. Using drugs often compromises judgment and physical abilities and makes a person unable to perform in a variety of contexts” (Effects of Using Drugs -- The Coach's Playbook Against Drugs). Whether it is overdosing on a prescribed drug or taking a harmful drug, both can have lasting harmful effects on an athlete’s body and mind. Physical therapy takes almost no risks as it does not deal with any sort of drug and has to do with physical methods of recovery. Physical therapy is an exceptionally honed and trusted method of recovery as the stretches and workouts are almost impossible to cause further injury to the athlete. Although physical therapy is typically a time extensive process, it is the safest way for injured athletes to recover.
Recovery of an athlete can take anywhere from two months to a whole year or more. The status of the patient can change depending on what he/she does in their spare time aside from the exercises and workouts instructed by the physical therapist. Therapists must pay close attention to the patient and ask what physical stress the body may go through during the day if the patient seems to be experiencing more pain than usual. Recovery requires a strict schedule in order to be successful; for example, "Rehabilitation of an injured athlete should carefully be evaluated on a daily basis. Injuries are time dependent, which means that the normal healing process follows a pattern of acute phase, subacute phase, and chronic phase" (Britt). The first stage of rehabilitation is the acute stage. The acute stage takes place right after the injury and its main goal is to make sure the muscles, joints, or bones injured do not deteriorate further or produce pressure sores. The acute stage’s main goal is to set up for later stages so healing can continue correctly. The second stage is the subacute phase and this takes place once the body begins to grow more tissues and starts repairing what was damaged in the first place. Physical therapists are typically very careful around this stage as to not damage the new fragile tissue that has recently been formed. The chronic stage occurs once the injury is well into healing and the scar tissue has been repaired by the body. Around this time, the pain typically subsides unless the injured spot is overused. Aside from the sports side of injuries and recovery, every day people also use physical therapy for common injuries.
Injuries occur every day outside of sports. Athletes are not the only ones who suffer from injuries that can be healed through physical therapy. Physical therapists are not limited to rehabilitating athletes because “Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients
suffering from injuries or disease. Their patients include accident victims and people with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries and cerebral palsy, among others” (Physical Therapy). Although athletes typically take the spotlight for most injuries recovered by physical therapy, many injured people who don’t play sports use physical therapy as a means of rehabilitation. While most injuries reported are minor and can be healed within a short amount of time, there are very serious and life threatening such as broken vertebrae and severed nerves on the spinal cord. Accidents can range from car wrecks resulting in serious neck injuries to falling down the stairs and breaking a wrist or an ankle. Even minor breaks are serious ones because “A broken wrist or broken hand is a break or crack in one of the many bones within your wrist and hand. The most common of these injuries occurs in the wrist when people try to catch themselves during a fall and land hard on an outstretched hand” (Staff). Physical therapists help any and all patients who suffer from these kinds of injuries and provide the highest quality recovery methods. Even though a broken wrist seems so minor and easily repairable, it can leave people of any age, especially the elderly, in a debilitated state for an extended period of time. Physical therapy is so vital to all physical injuries of and accidents to the human body.
All in all, physical therapists perform miracles every day and brighten athlete’s and commonplace people’s futures one by one. Physical therapy is needed as the foundation of recovery for all injuries as it is one of the very few reliable careers that assess and treat injuries related to sports and every day accidents. Athletes who do not want to take drugs for their injuries rely on physical therapists to heal them and get them back into the sport they love.
Normal people rely on physical therapy to get them back to enjoying the activities they love with the people they love. Physical therapy has proven to be the most trusted form of recovery for not only athletes, but all injured people around the world.
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"What Physical Therapists Do." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.takes place once the body begins to grow more tissues and starts repairing what was damaged in the first place. Physical therapists are typically very careful around this stage as to not damage the new fragile tissue that has recently been formed. The chronic stage occurs once the injury is well into healing and the scar tissue has been repaired by the body. Around this time, the pain typically subsides unless the injured spot is overused. Aside from the sports side of injuries and recovery, every day people also use physical therapy for common injuries.