Stop Living in Pain: 4 Common Pains That Can Be Addressed With Physical Therapy

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Everyday aches and pains are a part of life. Sometimes these pains start interfering with everyday life, forcing us to change our lifestyle and daily habits. While some people might argue that these pains are “just a part of getting older”, we do not subscribe to that belief. You do not have to live an uncomfortable life, especially with the advanced techniques and expertise that modern physical therapists offer.

Below are some of the most common pains that people face on a daily basis, and how physical therapy may benefit you if you suffer with the same pain.

Shoulder Pain

Tendonitis, rotator cuff tears and inflammation all lead to an uncomfortable pain in the shoulder. These injuries are very common and often ignored by patients until the pain becomes unbearable. By visiting a physical therapist as soon as the pain begins to take hold, you will save yourself a lot of pain and recovery time.

Your physical therapist will help you to build strength in your shoulder, control inflammation, and conduct soft tissue mobilization techniques. This will greatly reduce the pain you are in so that you can get back to your normal activities in no time at all, without being bogged down with pain.

Knee Pain

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that physical therapists face. Knee pain can stem from a variety of causes including a foot injury, arthritis, or overuse of muscles in the leg. By taking a proactive approach to your knee pain, you can avoid more serious issues in the future.

Physical therapist can provide patients with a variety of exercises and routines to strengthen important muscles which will in turn take the strain off of the knee. These muscles include your core abdominal muscles, gluteus maximus, hamstrings and inner thigh muscles.

Back Pain

Back pain is another extremely common ailment. Usually, people with back pain are referred to a physical therapist before surgery is considered, due to the effectiveness of physical therapy in relieving pain. There are two types of physical therapy for the back: passive and active.

Passive physical therapy entails different methods to relieve pain from the patient such as ice, heat, and electrical stimulation. These methods are often recommended before and after active physical therapy to reduce strain. Comparatively, active physical therapy involves specific stretches and exercises to strengthen the back. Strengthening the back has proven to prevent flare ups of pain in the future, and is also an effective method for preventing the need for surgery.

Make an appointment with your physical therapist to assess your need for physical therapy, and to create a customized plan to alleviate your back pain.

Foot Pain

The human foot is made up of a whopping 26 bones and 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons. With all of these small pieces working together and holding the weight of the human body, it is no surprise that so many injuries occur in the foot. It is important to make an appointment with your physical therapist if you are experiencing any pain in the foot, as a small injury can lead to more serious issues.

Practice physical therapy strengthening exercises on the foot to reduce your chances of developing an injury. Strengthening techniques are one of the best methods for ensuring that injuries and pain in the feet are limited. Your physical therapist will develop a plan to ensure that your pain is addressed and cared for efficiently.


With all of the amazing innovations and expertise that physical therapists offer, there is no excuse to live a life in pain. Address small pains early, strengthen surrounding muscles, and follow your physical therapist’s treatment recommendations for optimal results and pain-free living.