4 Reasons to Get Physical Therapy First!: Make your PT your primary health care provider

4 Reasons to Get Physical Therapy First!
Make your PT your primary health care provider

Did you know that you can visit a physical therapist without a visit to your primary care physician first? Thanks to Direct Access, it’s now possible. Wake up with back pain that doesn’t seem to get better as the day goes on? Instead of waiting 3-5 days to get an appointment with your PCP, visit a physical therapist the same day to begin your recovery process!

1. Movement is Medicine
Physical therapists are your movement specialists. When it comes to orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, and overall wellness, physical therapists are trained and specialized in creating a specific plan to ensure optimal functioning and safe return to activity. For all types of orthopedic conditions, movement and physical activity are proven methods for managing chronic pain and promoting healing. Let your physical therapist teach you how to move in a smart way and create a specific plan to get you back to doing the things you love!

2. PT Makes Pain Management Safe and Affordable
Finding relief for chronic pain and other injuries can quickly become an expensive process with popular treatments including opioid painkillers, steroid injections, and surgeries – most of which are ultimately found unhelpful and even harmful. On average, Americans spend over $80 billion dollars each year in the pursuit of easing chronic back pain alone, often including ineffective spinal injections and surgeries. Choosing physical therapy first can reduce overall costs and decrease reliance on opioid painkillers. According to a 2018 study, published in Health Services Research, patients who saw a physical therapist before trying other treatments had an 89% lower chance of needing an opioid prescription, a 28% lower chance of needing expensive advanced imaging services (like a CT scan or MRI), and a 15% lower probability of making one or more ER visits.?
3. PTs are your posture experts!
Several conditions and aches and pains are the result of poor postural control and the effects of our everyday sedentary lives. PTs perform evaluations to assess postural dysfunction, muscle imbalances, and specific tightness as a result of postural deformities. With a combination of manual therapy techniques, neuromuscular re-education, and specific postural exercises, your PT can create a plan to improve your postural alignment to decrease your pain!

4. No Pain? Your PT can still help you!
When most people think of physical therapy, they automatically think of a place to go to reduce pain or rehab from a serious injury. There are a variety of other benefits of physical therapy that can keep you functioning at your optimal level. Training for a marathon for the first time? Let your PT create a running plan and assess your running pattern to reduce the risk of injury. Thinking about starting a new sport or exercise class? Use physical therapy as a way to prep for your new routine with a movement professional. Have a history of chronic pain that currently is not an issue? Voice your goals to your PT to avoid a reoccurrence of your pain.

Have any questions about physical therapy? Contact Exchange Physical Therapy Group and start your road to recovery!
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