What is Mobility Rehab – Can it Help to Relieve Pain?

Mobility rehab is a form of therapy designed for patients with mobility issues after surgery, injury, or illness. This therapy can be customized to meet the needs of each patient and the issues they are dealing with. There are several benefits to mobility rehab, including improved muscle strength and a wider range of motion.

At Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home in Queens NY, we offer a variety of inpatient and outpatient rehab therapies. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy and other treatments to help our patients will all types of recovery. Even those with neurological injuries can benefit from our services.

The information below is for the education purpose only. Make sure you discuss any therapy options with your doctor first.

Physical therapist providing mobility rehab to a senior black patient sitting on a wheel chair

How Can Mobility Rehab Help?

There are several ways that mobility rehab can help with the medical issues that you may be dealing with. It is a type of physical therapy, so it is designed to help you regain physical strength and flexibility. It can also be used for those of all ages to recover from a variety of medical issues.

The main goal of mobility rehab is to strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility.  There are also treatments designed to improve your balance and coordination. A specialist will look into your medical history and discuss the issues you’re having. Then your treatment will be decided, which could involve physical or occupational therapy, depending on your needs.

For instance, those with arthritis and joint pain, post-surgery complications, or orthopedic conditions will likely have some movement restrictions. Injuries can also cause such issues, as can some neurological conditions, like brain injuries or stroke. Physical therapy may be recommended to improve these areas.

Some neurological diseases or issues can interfere with your body’s normal functions. These can include traumatic brain injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. These types of conditions can affect movement, so occupational therapy may be needed to increase your mobility.

Does this therapy work for pain?

Yes, absolutely!

As well as strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and improving balance, mobility rehab has benefits in relation to pain. With injury, surgery, or medical conditions, there is always the chance of pain as well as mobility issues. Relieving this pain is a part of physical therapy.

A mobility specialist can offer a few different options when it comes to pain management. These can include using hot or cold packs, depending on the issue you’re dealing with. Electro-stimulation is designed to reduce inflammation, which can also help reduce pain.

Conditions that can affect your joints can also cause pain. Physical therapy can improve your range of motion, which can relieve pain resulting from stiffness. This makes it easier to complete your normal daily tasks.

Even those who are confined to their beds for lengthy intervals after an injury or surgery can have mobility issues. Getting back on their feet can be a slow painful process. Physical therapy can help them re-educate their muscles slowly until they have regained their mobility, reducing pain at the same time.