At Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, our dedicated team is here to help you with all of your health care and pain management needs. In honor of National Diabetes Month, we would like to discuss how physical therapy can help you manage your diabetes.
How Can Physical Therapy Help Manage Diabetes?
Diabetes is a prevalent condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin or uses insulin well. With diabetes, blood sugar levels can become very high and lead to a variety of health problems. Over time, elevated blood sugar levels can lead to eye problems, heart disease, nerve damage, and foot problems. While the thought of developing these health problems can be harrowing, there are steps you can take to lower your chances of developing them. Although there is no cure for diabetes, you can manage your symptoms and potentially avoid further health issues with the help of a physical therapist. Our physical therapists help patients with diabetes participate in practical and safe exercise programs. Here are some of the ways physical therapy can help manage diabetes:
- Strength – Muscle weakness in the lower extremities is common in patients with diabetes, so our team can show you the most effective exercises to steadily and safely restore strength.
- Balance and Coordination – Balance and coordination training is essential to prevent falling. Our physical therapists can show you balance and coordination exercises that can help you maintain the independence required for daily activities.
- Pain – Chronic pain is an unfortunate complication of diabetes, but physical therapy is safe to manage chronic pain. We may utilize different exercises and treatments to control and reduce pain. If you are dealing with diabetic neuropathy, our team can show you how to make painful areas less sensitive.
Physical therapy can be a practical component of your treatment plan for diabetes. At Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, our team is well-versed in the latest therapeutic techniques for treating various conditions associated with diabetes. To learn more about physical therapy for diabetes, be sure to contact our team today!