Physical therapists are experts not only in treating pain, but also its source. Your physical therapist will assess for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the injured area. A treatment program will be developed with certain exercises to alleviate pain and ease movement. Therapists also use a wide array of modalities such as heat and ice packs, Laser Therapy, Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound to help ease pain. Soft tissue mobilization/massage is also a great tool that therapists will use to improve circulation, decrease tissue tension and accelerate healing of the injured area.