Increasing range of motion and strength post-surgery or post injury will cause some discomfort and pain. Strength and flexibility goals always come incrementally as the body works harder to perform better. Physical therapists are extensively trained to skillfully apply stresses to certain body areas (stretching or strengthening) to overcome deficits and help your body to function normally again. While this discomfort might last short-term, ultimately you will start to progress towards improvement and a symptom-free state.
Many times physical therapy brings a welcome relief to one’s weakness and stiffness. We at the Fit Stop are careful to “warm up” our patients with heat and/or electrical stimulation, massage, or with an active exercise. Following strengthening and stretching, we believe it is important to ice the area of focus. We encourage our patients to be dedicated to their home exercise programs and follow these wise protocols.