Alternative Therapies for Your Joint Pain After Surgery

Alternative Therapies for Your Joint Pain After Surgery

From injuries at work, during sports, or just moving around the house, millions of Americans deal with injuries in their joints. With about 30 million children and teens involved in sports annually and working adults dealing with problems like sprains, strains, and overexertion from their jobs, it’s no surprise that so many people end up complaining about joint pain over time. 

These injuries can lead to time away from work, sports, or other physical activities, and require surgery to repair. If you’ve had surgery to treat this joint injury, physical therapy is an important part of getting back your full range of motion and reducing pain. Let’s look at causes of joint pain and the alternative methods we can use to give you relief.

Residents of the Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, area looking for ways to ease their joint pain can get help from Tanya Balakrishnan, Dr. Kelly Masuda, and the experienced team at Momentum Physical Therapy. We offer a unique blend of traditional and alternative physical therapies to help improve your physical health and prevent future injuries.

Causes and symptoms of joint pain

Joints are defined as a point where two bones connect. Your joints are vital for basic body movement, which include your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. Many joints have connective tissue, like ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to move with your muscles and provide cushion when moving. The soreness and irritation you may experience from this pain may be caused by different types of irritation or inflammation of joints and connective tissue which include:

Alternative treatments for joint pain

To help with your rehabilitation from surgery and other discomforts associated with joint problems, we offer a variety of methods to reduce pain and restore function:

Manual therapy

This is a method focused on applying hands directly to troubled areas to help improve mobility and restore joint function. These methods include joint manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, spinal manipulation, muscle energy techniques, and strain-counterstrain.

Aquatic therapy

This method allows for the buoyancy of the water in a pool to help support your weight, which can reduce the stress on your body as you exercise. Water provides a source of resistance for your body to move in, to strengthen muscles and joints, and is used for recovery from many medical conditions.

Pilates therapy

Pilates is an exercise and body conditioning regimen that was developed almost a century ago mainly to help dancers recover from injuries. It helps to counteract the problems your muscles and joints can endure due to repetitive overuse, and Tanya Balakrishnan has two decades of experience helping people with Pilates-based rehabilitation.

Your therapy may be a combination of these and other methods to give you the best results for your specific condition. So if you’ve had surgery and want to get on the road to recovery, make an appointment with Tanya Balakrishnan, Dr. Masuda, and Momentum Physical Therapy today. 

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