Most people that are reading this have heard of Physical Therapy at some point or another. Some of you may have even been told that you needed it. And a few of you probably had it once or twice. What exactly can physical therapy do for you? What is it? How are you going to help me get back to running? Working? Gardening? Having a life again? I hear these questions a lot! Especially from people that have never had PT before. They are very skeptical about it because they just don’t know. It’s really surprising to me that people are misinformed or not informed at all about what we do as a profession. Here are 3 reasons that you should see a physical therapist.
1. You injure yourself.
We have all been injured at one point or another in our lives. It can be as small as straining a muscle to being in an accident. Most people will do the sit and wait game to see if their symptoms improve. What people don’t realize is that most injuries have a much better response rate if they get treatment right away. Most of what I do is treat musculoskeletal injuries. What does that mean? Any injury of the bones or muscles. That ranges from sprains and strains to muscle tears to surgical repair of fractures. I do occationally treat high functioning stroke survivors as well. This is just one aspect of PT that we do, but I will leave that for another discussion. My point is that if you injure yourself the first person you should come see is a PT. We are highly trained to evaluate you and figure out what is wrong. We will figure out what we can do to get you back to your life again!
I see a lot of patients with this problem. They have not been able to do things they enjoy like walking, gardening, running, swimming, playing with their kids and work. This is all because pain has limited them for so long. Waiting only makes things worse. It’s not going to go away on it’s own. We as physical therapists can help. We find out what you want, then we show you how to get there. This can be through activity modification, a tailored exercise program, massage, different pain reducing modalities like electric stim or manual hands on techniques to try and improve your mobility. We help your body heal by moving it! Pain is the #1 cause of people stopping an activity that they love to do. Why would you choose to live like that without exploring options such as PT?
3. You want to get stronger.
People don’t realize, but exercise is one of our most powerful treatments! When you think of getting stronger most people think of a trainer. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some bad ass trainers out there! Ones that I would go to myself, but if you were injured would they know how to treat and modify that? No, and I wouldn’t expect them to! They didn’t go to school for 7 years to learn the body inside and out! They didn’t learn how to make the body heal itself! We are highly skilled and trained to examine the body to find it’s impairments and weaknesses. We are educated so that we can pinpoint exactly what is weak, and strengthen it. We individualize care for every patient. And you are under our direct supervision the entire time. Why wouldn’t you choose PT?
If your scared, skeptical or just have no idea what can be done I understand! I have dealt with many people that don’t know what to do. They don’t know where to turn to next. Their doctor is telling them to rest, while others tell them not to baby themselves. Their co-workers are telling them to take pills and have read online about 50 things they should be doing to get better. Do me a favor…talk to a Physical Therapist! Tell them what you want and ask what they can offer. You wont regret your decision.