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Physical Therapy

Types of Physical Therapy

Your therapist may use these treatments, known as modalities.

Ice - can reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.

Heat - can increase blood flow and decrease inflammation.

Ultrasound heat - penetrates deeply to aid healing in the tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Exercises - movements that strengthen muscles and increase flexibility in joints. Your therapist will demonstrate exercises you can do at home.

Massage - gentle pressure and movement allows joints and muscles to loosen and regain function.

Stretching - allows muscles, ligaments and tendons to lengthen and move.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) - uses a small unit to deliver a non-invasive nerve stimulation that has been found to reduce acute or chronic pain in many patients.

Whirlpool - water eases muscle and joint pain and may increase flexibility.