Here are five common misconceptions about physical therapy:
- I need to be injured to see a physical therapist. Rehabilitation following an injury or surgery is just a portion of what physical therapists provide assitance with. It’s common for a PT to treat other common ailments like balance, headaches, pelvic pain, chronic pain, and basic joint and muscle discomfort. They also work with clients to prevent injuries and improve athletic performance.
- It’s going to hurt. The “no pain, no gain” philosophy has no place in physical therapy. In fact, PTs are trained to work within one’s pain threshold to ensure her or his musculoskeletal gains are safe and incremental.
- Surgery/medication are better options. Both have a place as medical treatments, but multiple studies have shown that physical therapy is a more effective, safer option than taking painkillers or undergoing surgery for common problems such as lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and even meniscus tears.
- Physical therapy is expensive. Physical therapy is a bargain when compared with surgery. But more than that, studies have shown that for the treatment of one of the most common ailments, non-specific back pain, patients can save up to 60 percent on their medical bills if they first visit a physical therapist.
- Any health care provider can offer physical therapy. This is simply NOT true. The fact is, only licensed physical therapists have received the education and training necessary to provide physical therapy services. They can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. Physical therapists are the experts in musculoskeletal injuries and prevention. If you have pain anywhere, you should automatically be thinking about physical therapy. If, for some reason, your condition is out of the scope of a PT’s practice, they are well-equipped to refer you to the appropriate practitioner.
To learn more about how physical therapy can benefit a particular condition, wellness goal, injury, or nagging pain, schedule a movement evaluation today. Contact us at Judice Sports & Rehab to see how we can help YOU!