Physical Therapy

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry -  - Pain Management

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry

Pain Management & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Jamaica, NY

Physical therapies take many different forms, from daily exercises to therapeutic massage. If you have a neuromusculoskeletal condition or are recovering from surgery, Thresiamma Mathew, MD, and Terry Mathew, MD, of RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, offer individually tailored physical therapy programs at their New York City office in Jamaica, Queens. Physical therapy has significant benefits for both your physical and mental health, so call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Physical Therapy Q&A

Why might I need physical therapy?

You’re likely to need physical therapy if you undergo an operation or have problems like:

  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendon or muscle strains
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back or neck pain
  • Overuse injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage tears
  • Stroke
  • Amputation

Physical therapy helps your body to heal and regain its strength after an injury or surgical procedure. It also keeps you mobile and flexible if you have a chronic health problem or pain condition and forms a vital part of your pain management plan.

What does physical therapy involve?

When you visit your physical therapist at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, they carry out an assessment to see how well your joints and spine move. They evaluate your movements, how well you can balance, and how flexible you are, and also review your X-rays or other diagnostic imaging scans.

Your therapist then designs an individual treatment plan that allows for your current limitations while helping you achieve optimal function long-term. Your plan is likely to include stretches and other exercises that increase your muscle strength and the flexibility of your connective tissues.

You might require other treatments such as therapeutic massage, heat and ice therapy for soft tissue injuries, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Your provider can also fit orthotic devices like knee braces or provide you with walking aids and show you how to use them safely.

Why is physical therapy so important?

Physical therapy is important because it offers so many benefits, including:

  • Reduction of pain
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Improved joint function
  • Reduced reliance on pain medications
  • Delaying or avoiding surgery
  • Safe, natural healing
  • Improved mental health

If you don’t commit to your physical therapy program, your recovery from injury, surgery, or disease is going to be slower and less complete. You’re likely to be weak, stiff, and less mobile, and your muscles, ligaments, and tendons could seize up or waste away.

As well as treating existing injuries, your physical therapist at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry can help you avoid the same or additional injuries in the future.

To find out more about the benefits of physical therapy, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.