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3 Key Physical Medicine Approaches

3 Key Physical Medicine Approaches

Conditions that affect your bones and muscles can mess with your life and activities. Not only do these conditions lead to pain, but they also make it difficult for you to get around and accomplish simple tasks. Luckily, physical medicine has the ability to restore your mobility and decrease your pain.

Dr. Mark Conliffe at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine is an expert in physical medicine. Not only does he help you decrease your pain, he helps you regain your life through this amazing treatment.

Conditions that physical medicine treats

Musculoskeletal conditions can affect you at any point in your life. It could be a condition from which you’ve been suffering or an injury that you sustained during an activity. No matter what the cause, these conditions cause pain and decreased mobility.

The pain and problems moving can affect multiple areas of your life, including your work and social life. These conditions may come and go, or be acute in nature; either way they can severely mess with your wellbeing.

Physical medicine is a way to help you overcome an injury or condition that’s affecting your muscles and bones. So when is this type of therapy an option? Injuries and conditions that Dr. Conliffe helps you overcome with physical medicine include:

The conditions that Dr. Conliffe treats go far beyond this list, but it gives you an idea of the conditions that physical medicine can help. When you understand how physical medicine works, you can appreciate how revolutionary this form of treatment truly is.

The keys of physical medicine

The goal of physical medicine is to treat your injury or condition with noninvasive techniques to avoid complications or surgery down the road. The term physical medicine encompasses three key components of your recovery. These three components include:

1. Massage therapy

Massage is a way to help ease muscle tension and promote healing through physical touch. When Dr. Conliffe adds this therapy to your treatment regimen, it’s because he thinks that your muscles can benefit from the healing powers of massage therapy.

There are many different massage techniques, including deep tissue massage and reflexology. Our licensed massage therapists work with Dr. Conliffe to form a therapy plan that’s specifically meant to help you and your condition.

2. Osteopathic manual medicine

Manual medicine is a technique that Dr. Conliffe uses to promote healing in an injured area. This involves his stretching your muscles and joints by hand, using gentle pressure and resistance. 

This type of treatment helps Dr. Conliffe to ease muscle tension associated with restricted fascia, and realign joints that have slowly moved out of place. By using gentle stretching techniques and movements, Dr. Conliffe also increases the blood flow to the injured area, which helps to ease pain and promote recovery.

3. Physical therapy

When you’re in pain or injured, your brain is probably telling you to take it easy on the couch. But that isn’t conducive to your recovery. In fact, staying stationary can actually make your condition worse.

Dr. Conliffe uses physical therapy as yet another approach to improving your pain and increasing your flexibility and mobility. Exercise is one of the core practices in physical therapy. Therapeutic exercise that’s overseen by our physical therapists helps you improve strength to promote healing.

There are other approaches in physical therapy as well that help to loosen your muscles and decrease your pain. This may include therapies like electrostimulation, cold and heat therapy, and ultrasound therapy.

These three key components of physical medicine help you not only recover without invasive procedures, but also prevent injuries in the future. Dr. Conliffe assesses your condition and comes up with a treatment plan that’s tailored to your condition.

Don’t settle for a treatment plan without physical medicine — call our office today at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe using our booking tool.

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