As a physical therapist, the most common thing I hear from my new patients is: “I wish I would have received PT sooner.” Over the years, PT has continued to evolve from a passive medical field to a dynamic field focused on improving the function of everyone we help.
Here’s 5 things you might not have known about PT:
1. PT can improve your ability to tolerate common daily tasks.
• Physical therapists can address your posture to help improve your ability to sit, stand, and move at work.
• Physical therapy can teach you to avoid the common workplace injuries so you can make sure you can work hard and play hard
2. PT is more than electrical stimulation and hot packs.
• As PT has evolved, physical therapists have begun to routinely utilize manual therapy, dry needling, soft tissue mobilization, and other hands-on techniques to help get rid of pain, restore your joint mobility, and improve your flexibility
3. PT isn’t just after injury or surgery.
• Many physical therapists also have certifications in physical conditioning and athletic coaching, and can train you to optimize your athletic performance.
• Your PT can help you modify your current workout plan to decrease the stress on your joints.
• Physical therapists can provide injury screens to identify deficits in strength, flexibility, or stability to help you decrease risks of an injury during the season.
4. PT can treat symptoms related to concussion, headaches, and dizziness.
• Physical therapists implement cutting-edge neurological research to improve the function of the brain and vestibular system to get athletes back in the game as soon as it’s safe to do so.
5. PT can be just as effective as surgery for a variety of common ailments.
• Many studies have shown that PT can be just as effective as surgery for low back pain, shoulder injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and knee pain.
If you are having pain, loss of function, or are interested in exploring non-surgical options, seeing a PT may be the most cost-effective medical decision you can make! We hope to see you soon at React Physical Therapy.