You may have a lot of questions about what physical therapy treatment looks like. In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we’re shedding light on what injuries and conditions physical therapy can treat, how your physical therapist is an essential part of your healthcare team, and why you don't need a referral to begin your treatment.
Physical Therapists are Movement Experts
If your pain is limiting your ability to exercise or participate in activities you love, scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist is your first step in your journey to wellness. Your physical therapist is an expert in the musculoskeletal system. They can help you with every aspect of movement including strength, range of motion, flexibility, endurance, balance, and coordination.
Our bodies weren’t meant to be sedentary – they were made to move! Physical therapists utilize exercise to help you reduce or eliminate pain, but it also has many other benefits including:
Prevents chronic diseases
Releases endorphins to boost your mood and fight depression
Physical Therapy is the Cost-Effective Option
Especially in the case of injuries, making an appointment with a physical therapist sooner rather than later will result in cost savings for the patient. In a recent study, it was found that patients who received physical therapy after 30 days from the date of injury had a 24-28% higher payment per claim than those who received physical therapy within 14 days of the injury.
Many people come to physical therapy to prepare and recover after surgery, but did you know that there are cases where physical therapy can be just as effective as surgery? Conditions like meniscal tears, knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease can be treated without the high cost of surgery. However, a physical therapist can determine if you should seek surgical intervention and help prepare you for it.
Physical Therapists Help You Manage Chronic Conditions
About one in two American adults live with a chronic disease. With regular physical activity being a key treatment for chronic disease, a physical therapist can help create an individualized plan of care to help you meet your goals. At Performance Physical Therapy, your physical therapist will help you look at your overall health and wellness to determine how it could be impacting your pain, injury, or chronic condition.
Physical Therapy Helps You Improve Balance
Balance issues are caused by a wide variety of underlying reasons ranging from injury to lower body weakness. With more than 1 out of 4 older adults experiencing a fall each year, physical therapists can help improve strength and balance to allow patients to recover from a fall and avoid falling again. Besides the decreased risk of falls, working with a physical therapist on balance training can improve your memory and spatial cognition as well as increase your reaction time.
Physical Therapists Treat a Wide Variety of Injuries & Conditions
Since physical therapists are experts in the musculoskeletal system, there are many injuries and conditions in which physical therapy can be the solution. Some of these include:
Pelvic pain & dysfunction
Sprains and strains
Through therapeutic exercises and activities, physical therapy treatments work to improve neuromuscular reeducation, gait, posture, balance, mobility, strength, and agility.
Physical therapists use a variety of treatment methods to help their patients reach their goals. Between the therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and other treatments like trigger point dry needling, taping, bracing, and splinting, your physical therapist will empower you during your care, so you are able to live without limitation.
Accessing Physical Therapy in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
A physical therapist is a primary care provider for your health and wellness, so they should be your first call when you're in pain. Without requiring a referral, a physical therapist can help you get back to the activities you love. Performance Physical Therapy has multiple locations throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. If you’re experiencing pain that limits and controls your life, call 401.726.7100 to schedule an evaluation with a physical therapist.