7 Things You Should Know About Physical Therapy

We know many people don’t love coming to their physical therapy appointment. It’s work, it can make your muscles sore, and let’s face it, it’s one more thing to add to your already busy schedule. What most people may not know though is how much it can help with so many various physical ailments. Here are 7 things you should know.

  1. Physical therapists are specialists in musculoskeletal injuries and issues. Through manual testing and a complete history provided by you, we can figure out the best course of treatment for your specific ailment, whether that’s with us, or referring you to another specialist.
  2. Physical therapists don’t just work with injuries, stretching, and strengthening muscles though. We diagnose and treat other problems like chronic headaches, vertigo, carpal tunnel, and more! The sooner we can evaluate you, the better as this will help remedy an issue before it becomes a more serious health problem. Not sure what’s going on? Schedule an appointment with a physical therapist!
  3. You don’t always need a script before you make an appointment. Most insurance companies do not require you to see your physician before you come to us, so now you can skip a step and come right in to get to work on feeling better! Don’t forget that YOU get to choose where you go for your physical therapy needs! If you do get a script or a physician instructs you to go to a specific location, you aren’t forced to go to that one facility. You can do your own research and choose your own physical therapy facility!
  4. Contrary to popular belief, physical therapy is not painful, but actually helps chronic pain patients! The opioid epidemic in this country has skyrocketed and believe it or not, that’s mostly due to prescribed drugs after surgery and for chronic pain. Physical therapy is a safe and effective way to manage your pain without the risk of highly addictive drugs.
  5. Did you know that lower back pain plagues nearly 80% of Americans at some point during their lifetime? Almost everyone who experiences an episode of low back pain will suffer another occurrence, and lower back pain is one of the costliest medical problems in America. Physical therapy treatments are designed to ease pain, improve mobility, strength, posture, and function. We also teach our patients how to control their symptoms and protect their spine for years to come.
  6. Most older adults report having problems with walking and standing. About one in three older adults (65 or older) in the U.S. falls every year! Physical therapists are trained to help improve movement and balance so we can help prevent falls and reduce the risk of hip fracture!. Talk to a physical therapist if you or someone you know is at risk for falls. (Get more information here.)
  7. Not all physical therapists are the same! Many PT’s specialize in different areas. For example, some are in pediatrics, some with geriatrics, and others with much more specialized areas like pelvic floor rehab. If you have had a bad experience with one, don’t think everyone else will be the same!

We hope that this blog has helped you understand the role that physical therapists can play in your life. Hopefully you stay healthy, but if you run into issues, stop in and see us. We would love to help!