Many people wonder if going back to physical therapy can really help them. In order to answer this, it’s important to understand what we, as physical therapists, actually do. Physical therapists focus on relieving pain, promoting healing, restoring function and movement, and healing injuries. Therapy also focuses on body mechanic training, fitness, and wellness. So, as you can see, physical therapy can play a role in most people’s lives at one point or another.
When deciding whether to go back to physical therapy, it’s important to reflect on what your goals are (especially because your physical therapist will ask!). What are you trying to get out of your return to physical therapy? Is it to relieve pain? Or, maybe to prevent an injury from happening in the first place. If you are unsure of what your goals are, we suggest talking to either your physician or physical therapist about what you’re thinking in order to determine the best course of treatment.
Most people can benefit from physical therapy, whether their condition varies from a simple ankle sprain to a complex neurological disorder. You can even benefit from physical therapy if you are not injured. As movement experts, physical therapists can help prevent injury and illness. We are now, fortunately, starting to see people becoming more proactive and seeking therapists to prevent things from happening or getting worse. If we can see someone before there’s been a loss of function or major pain, then we can get someone on the right track with just a few visits.
So, as you can see, a return to physical therapy can have many benefits. Whether it’s to treat a new injury, or prevent one from happening, a visit to the physical therapist has the ability to improve your life starting today.
If you’d like to discuss your goals and a return (or first visit!) to physical therapy, please sign up for a free phone consultation with one of our physical therapists. Together, you can discuss what you’re hoping to get out of physical therapy, and how we might be able to help.