ExerciseWhile Dr. Kube is a well-known, incredibly talented surgeon, he doesn’t believe in jumping straight to surgery. Instead, he follows a progression of treatment options which eventually lead to surgery when necessary. Along the way, he prefers to direct patients to physical therapy and regular exercise rather than go directly under the knife.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is advantageous for many reasons. Here are just a few of those benefits:

  • Natural. Physical therapy promotes healing in a completely natural manner. Without the use of invasive procedures or the need for drugs, physical therapy uses targeted stretches and movements to alleviate pain.
  • Relief. As mentioned, pain relief is a major benefit of physical therapy. The movements and exercises strengthen muscles, restore mobility, and release pain-blocking endorphins.
  • Risk-Free. Because physical therapy is so natural, it does not carry much inherent risk.

How it Works

Physical therapy works by stretching tight muscles, relieving strains, restoring mobility, and strengthening muscles. Dr. Kube suggests physical therapy that sometimes includes electric stimulation, traction, ice/heat packs, and massage therapy.

Physical therapy is often used both before and after surgery. If it proves effective prior to surgery, the procedure may not be necessary. After surgery, it is used to accelerate the healing process and ensure full mobility is restored.