If you’ve heard of physical therapy but unsure what it is, the conditions it helps with, or how you can get started seeing a physical therapist, this article will provide all the information you need.
Conditions Physical Therapy Helps With:
Lower Back Pain & Spinal Disorders
Suffering with back pain? A herniated disc? Spinal stenosis? A lower back strain? A physical therapist can help.
Is your neck stiff? Have pain when rotating or turning it? Seeing a physical therapist may be one of the best things you can do.
Gait & Balance Disorders
Having trouble balancing or walking properly? A physical therapist can help you walk more efficiently and prevent your from falling.
Do you have dizziness when turning your head? You may be suffering with vertigo. Vertigo is a condition where the crystals in your inner ear get misplaced and alter your equilibrium.
Pelvic Floor Health
Do you have incontinence? Pain during sex? Constipation? Did you know that a pelvic floor physical therapist can help you?
Orthopedic & Sport Injuries
- Athletic Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee Pain or Stiffness
- Hip Bursitis
Massage & Myofascial Release:
Are your muscles tight? Adhered? Do you have myofascial pain? You may benefit from myofascial release.
Spinal and extremity manipulation is a form of treatment used to reduce pain and increase range of motion. Whether it is cracking your back, your neck, or an ankle joint that is stiff, manipulation works.
Do you have a gait that is not functioning right? A physical therapist can help retrain the way you walk so you can walk more effectively and efficiently.
Balance training involves retraining your proprioceptive, vestibular, and eye systems so you don’t fall.
Strength Training & Exercise:
Strength training is a great way to prevent an injury but also heal from an injury. The stronger your muscles, ligaments, and tendons are, the less likely you’re to hurting yourself. A great physical therapist can prescribe the right exercises for you.
Do you have back pain when bending, lifting, or twisting? Shoulder problems when reaching overhead? You may need education on how to do it properly so you don’t continue to injure yourself.
Spinal decompression or traction is a great treatment to help reduce pressure on your nerves or to reduce spinal arthritis.
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What You Can Expect:
A Thorough Evaluation
When seeing a physical therapist, you can expect an evaluation to discern your strength, flexibility, and what you need to do to enhance your function.
Specific Treatment For Your Condition
A physical therapist or physical therapy clinic can help provide the right treatments to help you get back in motion, improve your range of motion, strength, etc. They use an array of treatments.
Detecting the Root Cause of Your Injury
Not only can a physical therapist help you recover from your injury, but the best ones can detect why your injury happened in the first place. So if you’re suffering with back pain, they’ll not only get rid of your symptoms but show you how to never deal with it again.
What To Look For In A Great Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Clinic?
Although the majority of physical therapists are great, you’ll want to discern and visit a clinic or physical therapist that can provide superior treatment and care specific to you and your condition. Below are a few examples of some things to look for in a physical therapist and physical therapy clinic:
Not Hospital Owned
Although hospitals are essential to our communities, the physical therapists in the hospital setting are mainly generalists instead of specialists. This means if you have back pain, knee stiffness, or a rotator cuff injury, they’ll have somewhat of an idea on how to help you but won’t be able to provide the full value you’re looking or need. Be sure to look for a physical therapy clinic that is privately owned. This is where you can usually find the best physical therapists.
Not A Franchise
Most franchise owned physical therapy clinics hire rehab technicians and assistants to provide treatment. This means you won’t get the care that you need in most cases. Be sure to ask if the physical therapy clinic you’re inquiring about is a franchise, you won’t regret it.
Another common thing you can do to find a great physical therapist near you is to look at their qualifications, experience, and certifications. For instance, are they manual therapy certified? Fellowship trained? Do they have their own method of treatment?
Have A Niche
It’s impossible to know everything about a given area of the body. For this reason, be sure you’re seeing someone that specializes in a given area. For instance, if you have back pain, be sure to see someone that specializes in spine disorders. If you’ve had a knee replacement, see someone that specializes in orthopedics.
Does your physical therapist treat one patient at a time? Or are they seeing 3 to 4 patients at a time? This is something you should ask immediately before booking an appointment. This is important because it you’ll want to see a physical therapist that can provide one-on-one care.
What Is the Education of A Physical Therapist?
Becoming a physical therapist is no easy task. Physical therapists are now mandated to have a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in the United States. In addition to the rigour of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy, most physical therapists have gone through a residency or fellowship program.
Do You Need A Referral From A Physician?
No. Physical therapists no longer need a physician referral to see any patient in the state of Florida. You can call them and book an appointment directly.
Cost Of Physical Therapy?
Most insurances cover the costs of physical therapy. However, you may need to pay a small fee to see a great physical therapist. A physical therapist can save you time and money by preventing unwarranted doctor visits and surgery you may not need .
How to Get Started Seeing A Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Clinic?
If you’re ready to see a physical therapist and book an appointment all you need to do is click here and fill out a simple form.
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Concluding Remarks On How A Physical Therapist Can Help You
A physical therapist treats an array of muscle and skeletal conditions. Seeing a great physical therapist is the first step to getting back to your active lifestyle without surgery, resting, or taking painkillers. Whether you’re suffering with back pain, sciatica, neck stiffness, or having any other pain or stiffness, a physical therapist can help. You have options and physical therapy can help you get back in motion.
About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.