Could you benefit from physical therapy?

PT-benefits-T177111916When you think of physical therapy (PT), what comes to mind? You might envision someone recovering from an accident or surgery.

Yet most PT patients are experiencing pain or discomfort and are trying to avoid surgery—or are simply trying to improve their fitness level.

PTs are specially trained to help restore the mobility you need to participate in everyday activities, whether it’s grocery shopping, cleaning the house or taking a walk.

Here are answers to questions you might have:

1. What are a PT’s credentials?

A PT is trained to diagnose and prevent or treat any condition that hampers your ability to function in daily life. He or she must earn a master’s degree or a doctorate from an accredited physical therapy program. Afterward, he or she must take a national licensure exam. PTs are licensed to practice in all 50 states.

2. Which conditions can a PT help me with?

Your PT can treat the following conditions: arthritis, back, knee or shoulder pain, osteoporosis, stroke, overuse injuries, sprains, strains and fractures. He or she can also help you slim down and boost your fitness level.

3. Are PTs just for adults?

No! They also treat newborns and children.

4. Where can I find a PT?

PTs work in many different settings—hospitals, private practice, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings and nursing homes. They often work with other healthcare providers to help improve your mobility.

5. Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor?

Check with your health plan, but in most states you can make an appointment with a PT directly.

If you want to learn more about how physical therapy can help you, contact us here.

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