5 Physical Therapy Myths BUSTED!
First off lets define Physical Therapy . Merriam-Webster states Physical Therapy is:
: therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training
Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) only treat athletes, after surgery or people in nursing homes.
FACT: PTs and PTAs treat people of all walks of life from birth to 100+ years of age. We treat athletes, “week-end warriors”, injured workers and the grandmother who just wants to pick up her grandchildren.
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PTs and PTAs only treat back pain and knee injuries
FACT: PTs and PTAs treat so much more than that! We treat head to toe and everything in between; Headaches, Concussion, TMD(TMJ), Vestibular/Vertigo, Pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions and SO MUCH MORE!!
Through exercise, physical therapy can also help you manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Physical Therapy hurts!
FACT: PT does not stand for Physical Torture. Just the opposite! Remember our definition above? Many studies have shown that movement and exercise not only improve strength and flexibility, but more importantly improve sleep, increase energy, decrease stress and improve your mood all of which have been shown to reduce pain. Your PT and PTA will identify the problem, treat it and educate you on management and prevention to keep you going.
I need to see my Physician first before I can see my Physical Therapist
FACT: Physical Therapists thoroughly screen their patients and can, in most cases, prevent the need to see a physician for any further evaluation, imaging or treatment.
Research shows that getting physical therapy first can often save consumers and insurance companies thousands of dollars.
Minnesota passed a law allowing consumers direct access to physical therapy services, in most cases, without a physician order as long as it is in within the PT scope of practice.
Most insurances don’t require referral, but it is always best to check with your individual insurance plan.
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Physical Therapy isn’t fun
FACT: Physical Therapy can be a lot of fun!! PTs and PTAs get into the field because they enjoy working with and helping people. They love what they do and are excited to share the profession.
We understand that more often than not when people come to see us they are in pain, so we work hard to get them feeling better so they can forget about their pain and back to doing the things that make them happy.
This level of caring (and fun) starts from the time you walk in the door.
– Jody Kramer, PTA