Most of us think that physical therapy really only benefits those with orthopedic or sports related injuries, but that’s certainly not the case! Physical therapists work with patients of all ages and abilities from pediatric to geriatric and those suffering from chronic pain, disorders like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, stroke, respiratory, or cardiac issues.
One of the biggest benefits to physical therapy is direct access! So you probably ask, what is direct access?
- All 50 states in the US allow for a form of direct access, meaning that you do not need to see a family doctor before starting physical therapy…. even more reason to get physical therapy first!
- *It is important for you to also check with your insurance provider. Certain insurances (Medicare and Medicaid) will not pay for physical therapy without a physician referral. Your physical therapist will be able to help you with this when you call for an appointment.*
What is Physical Therapy? How can it help me?
- Physical therapy will help you to improve your function, meet your personal goals, and get you back to the life you want to live. No matter the case or injury, PT’s are here to help!
- PT’s will use a variety of exercise, modalities, education, and manual therapy to help you feel the best possible.
Why should you get physical therapy first?
- Getting you moving and feeling better is our number one priority. Whether you’re struggling with simple daily activities of living or want to improve your balance, posture, or optimize your workouts, we are here to help and spend full one on one time to tailor your exact needs.
- PT’s will take a full hour during your first evaluation, assessing your complete medical history and your future goals to come up with an extensive plan for YOU to help YOU get back on track AND give you the necessary tools and education to maintain your healthiness and well-being.
Physical Therapy in a multitude of settings:
Most of us believe physical therapy to benefit those who are post surgery or strictly orthopedic injury, but here are the many settings in which physical therapy plays an important role:
- Respiratory care
- Cancer patients
- Aquatic/water therapy
There are certainly many options for seeing specialists, a family doctor, or other healthcare providers. But our goal is to help you understand why physical therapy can benefit you greatly and why you should get physical therapy first!