Is Physical Therapy Right for Me?
Physical therapists are doctorate level, health care providers who examine patients and develop a treatment plan that promotes movement, reduces pain, restores function, and prevents disability. Physical therapists work with children, adults, athletes, those recovering from surgery, and people dealing with sudden or chronic pain, disease, disability, or injuries.
Some people attend physical therapy because they are recovering from surgery or an injury - perhaps their ACL was torn, or they had a knee replacement. Others come because their hands hurt after work from typing, their shoulder hurts from hammering, or low back pain has been bothering them for months. People come due to injuries sustained in car accidents or from a fall. Others have cancer or diseases like diabetes that cause mobility and pain-related symptoms. Keep in mind that if you have any issues with your mobility or if it hurts when you move, you could benefit from physical therapy.
What will I do at physical therapy?
Treatment plans vary tremendously based on a person’s condition, symptoms, and goals. Your first visit will include an evaluation where the physical therapist will examine your ability to move, your posture, mobility, flexibility, strength, sensation, balance, and focus on your goals and what you want to achieve from physical therapy. A treatment plan will then be developed to meet your goals and get you back to do the things you want to do.
Treatment may include various types of therapeutic exercises and activities including neuromuscular reeducation, aquatics, gait, postural, balance, mobility, strength, agility, endurance, and sports-specific exercise. Manual therapy may include soft tissue mobilization such as myofascial release, massage, cupping and Graston techniques, and joint mobilization and manipulation. Additional treatment options include trigger point dry needling, taping, bracing, splinting and various modalities.
Do I need a referral to see a Physical Therapist?
You do not need a referral to see a physical therapist. Although some insurance plans may require this. Please click here or call 401.726.7100 to learn if your insurance company has specific requirements.
Should I come to physical therapy?