Physical Therapy Specialist

Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine

Rock Navarkal, MD, JD

Pain Management Specialist & Spine & Sports Medicine located in Denver, CO

Whether used alone or as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, physical therapy is one of the best choices you can make to recover from an injury or cope with chronic pain. At Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine in Denver, Colorado, pain management specialist Rock Navarkal, MD, JD, often includes physical therapy in his prescribed treatment plans. If you're suffering endless pain from an injury or disease, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Navarkal today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

At Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine, a licensed physical therapist works with you to restore natural movement and function to a part of your body that’s injured or in pain. They show you exercises and movements you can practice at home, as well as in-office treatments like massage, ultrasound, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

Physical therapy helps make you stronger and may speed up your recovery process after an injury. Depending on your condition, Dr. Navarkal may recommend physical therapy as a standalone treatment or a part of your comprehensive pain management plan.

What conditions does a physical therapist treat?

Physical therapy is effective in treating a broad range of painful conditions, such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain, impingement, and rotator cuff tears
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sports injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Runner’s knee
  • Hip pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Tension Headaches
  • Whiplash Injuries

How does physical therapy treat pain?

At Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine, the physical therapists are experts in treating pain at its source. They evaluate your condition to pinpoint areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to your body. Then, they teach you specialized exercises that ease pain and improve your range of motion.

A physical therapist may suggest any combination of the following during your session:

  • Low-impact aerobic workouts
  • Strengthening exercises to restore function
  • Pain-relieving exercises
  • Stretching to restore Range of Motion

They may also treat you with massage, heat or ice packs, or medical devices that help reduce pain. TENS and ultrasound both help block pain and reduce spasm and inflammation by sending electrical currents or sound waves into the damaged tissues.

What should I expect from a physical therapy session?

The specific treatments and exercises your physical therapist recommends vary depending on your specific needs. The team at Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine strives to deliver personalized care to best treat your pain or injury.

Physical therapy shouldn’t hurt, but you may feel resistance or muscle fatigue when stretching or exercising a painful area.

The number of sessions you need depends on the extent of your condition. Practicing physical therapy exercises at home may reduce your overall treatment time and improve recovery.

If you’re interested in an integrative approach to pain management that involves physical therapy, call Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

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