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When Should You Reach Out to a Physical Therapist?

"Knowingwhento seek out a physical therapist is key to your healthy improvement."

Ouch! Are you experiencing a slight twinge when reaching for an upper shelf? Do you feel numbness when getting up from a seat? Are you hesitant to bend down for fear of throwing out your back? Physical pain and discomfort are often key indicators that something is wrong. I call this the “ouch factor.”

Physical therapists are certified professionals who evaluate and diagnose a person’s physical ailments, then create a treatment plan intended to reduce or eliminate those ailments. Even after just a few sessions, physical therapy can help you feel better without the need for surgery or long-term medication.

Knowing when to seek out a physical therapist is key to your healthy improvement.

For example, with increased focus on daily exercise, more individuals are experiencing minor (and not-so-minor) problems often associated with their fitness routine. Coupled with a sedentary desk- and computer-driven work life, there is a corresponding rise in injuries. If you begin to feel pain or discomfort as a result of a “normal” workout routine, it is time to see a physical therapist.

More so, if you find that any movement is difficult and causes you pain, it is time to see a physical therapist. Don’t put it off and assume that the pain will disappear “by itself.” It’s a fact that seeing a physical therapist before you experience pain and discomfort will lead to a quicker, easier recovery and prevent symptoms from worsening.

Be confident that your physical therapist will refer you to another medical professional if they don’t believe they can help you heal or if you are not responding well to therapy.

During your first visit you’ll undergo a comprehensive exam that will enable the physical therapist to establish a treatment plan. You may find relief and improved movement within just a few visits, and the only thing you might be thinking is, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” Ouch no more!

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