Why PT?

There are many reasons why someone might need physical therapy.

Loss of Function

 

The first reason most people would consider going to Physical therapy is because they have a loss of function or ability to perform a task that they could once do.  This loss of motion or mobility can be very debilitating, affecting many or all aspects of our daily lives.  A PT is a trained professional who is able to assist you in reaching improved mobility and function.

 

Pain

 

Research shows that 80% of the population will experience back pain at least one time in their lives.  Physical therapy can help alleviate and manage pain without expensive medication and possibly eliminate the need for surgery.  Pain that limits activities of daily living such as sleeping, bathing, dressing or eating, can be treated and managed by a PT.

 

Repetitive Movement Strains

 

How many times have you done the same thing over and over again and “one day” it started hurting?  Repetitive daily stresses and strain can result in injury to joints and muscles.  A physical therapist can design a personalized treatment plan to help reduce the risk of injury while you are doing the things you enjoy.

 

Fall Risk

 

The elderly are prone to falls and this can reduce their ability to lead active and independent lives.  A physical therapist will evaluate and assess exercises to find those that will prevent falls.  He can then design an individualized program of exercises and activities with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and proper gait.

 

Chronic and Debilitating conditions

 

A physical therapist can guide individuals through the long and ongoing management of conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, chronic muscle and nerve diseases caused by diabetes and other long term illnesses.  Progress may not always be possible, but maintaining a level of function may be just what is needed to keep on going around the house.

 

Enhancing Performance

 

Higher-level sports enthusiasts who require an improved performance level to enhance their physical training or outcomes can benefit from physical therapy. An example of this would be doing a bike fit (see website) which would improve aerodynamic and physical position on the bicycle to resulting in a more comfortable ride and more energy efficient position.

 

Next month- How to obtain the services of a Physical Therapist-

  

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