Your lower back started to throb a few weeks ago, and you're not sure why. You can still climb the stairs, but it hurts. You can still bend over, but that hurts even more. If the pain hasn't gone away on its own and its starting to affect your quality of life and daily activities, what's your next step?
Do you see your doctor? While your doctor can find the source of the pain with diagnostic imaging tests and offer surgical options, there might be a collaborative route to consider. A physical therapist’s expertise and training focus on empowering you to address and correct the root problem. With your physical therapist, you can work to regain your freedom of movement in four unique ways.
We’re Taking Extra Safety Steps During In-Person Care
We understand that recent circumstances may have made you think twice about getting the health care you need. However, we want to assure you that your safety is our priority, and we’re taking extra measures in every facility to protect and keep you safe, so you can feel confident getting in-person care.
Our facilities are:
Carrying out mandatory temperature checks at every facility entry point
Enforcing strict hygiene protocols
Making separate care areas (away from other patients) for anyone who’s sick
Making social distancing possible in all waiting areas
Requiring face masks for every patient and all care providers
We’re taking these steps and more each day so that you can get the physical therapy you need without fear. Because nothing is more important to us than you.
4 Reasons to Get In-Person Physical Therapy
We’re dedicated to your health, and helping you find relief through physical therapy. Here’s four ways in which physical therapy can go a long way for your body, mind and spirit.
1. It Can Help You Avoid Ongoing Medications or Surgery
While traditional means of treating pain certainly have a place in some cases of chronic pain management, physical therapy itself can be a highly effective treatment option.
Treating pain by changing how you move requires an attitude shift. You might initially prefer procedures or medication if you assume the pain will end if your bones or muscles are repaired. However, a procedure might not mean an end to pain.
2. It Offers an Exercise Plan Tailored to Your Unique Goals
If you have long-term pain, the underlying injury has likely healed, and the pain is probably coming from an overactive nervous system that needs to be cared for gently. Exercise can help.
Instead of using lab tests and imaging to investigate your health, a physical therapist will ask you what you want to accomplish, and then help you build an exercise plan from there. It’s their goal to meet you where you are and help you take small steps toward your goals.
Reaching your goals may not take as long as you think, either. Many people see significant reductions in their pain within a few visits.
3. It Gives You a Partner for the Journey
Physical therapists know that recovery is a process, and that follow-up treatment for an injury can be just as important as initial care. That’s why they’ll be by your side for the duration. From helping you create a care plan that meets your specific needs to ensuring you're healing as expected, they’ll be there until you feel like yourself again.
4. It Can Help You Feel Whole Again in Body, Mind and Spirit
Ultimately, talking to a physical therapist is an opportunity to take control of your overall health — and that means more than just improving your physical health. In fact, studies show that a pain-free life means a happier life. And physical therapy can set you on the right path.
To Start Healing, Schedule an Appointment
We’re here to help you not only eliminate pain but feel whole in as many ways as possible. Our licensed physical therapists have the experience to help you find relief from your aches and are ready to help you start healing. Learn more about working with a physical therapist in a sports medicine and rehab program today.