Do you need a physician referral to see a physical Therapist? The answer may surprise you!
As a physical therapist (PT) working in a health club setting, I frequently have gym members stopping by with questions regarding their most recent ache or pain. Often times we decide that physical therapy would help speed up the healing process and the person desires to set up an initial evaluation. It is at that point the question almost always comes up, “do I need to go get a doctor’s referral to start physical therapy?”
“Just walk it off.” “Give it a couple of days.” “Put some ice on it and take some ibuprofen.”
Do any of these sound familiar? I would one or any combination of these three things is how we treat 90% of our injuries 90% of the time. Fortunately in most cases minor injuries will get better without too much external effort on our part. But what happens when you don’t seem to be improving? How do you know when you should go consult a doctor about an injury? Knowing that early intervention is key to quicker and more complete rehabilitation, when is the time to stop waiting and get help? Today Alan Bluth shares with us 6 signs that your injury is serious enough to warrant additional medical attention.
What is physical therapy?
It’s a good question… one which most people don’t fully understand. You or a family member have likely worked with a physical therapist (or “PT”) in the past, but it may have been in very different settings. You may have seen a physical therapist for a knee injury or back pain, but then also have a friend who worked with one to walk again in the hospital. It can be confusing that both therapists are actually a part of the same profession. Even many physicians have limited knowledge about the scope and range of specialized services provided by physical therapists. So today we wanted to shed a little light on this situation… what is physical therapy, who are physical therapists, and how will you benefit from going to see one.
How Can Physical Therapy Help You Feel Better?
When you think physical therapy, what comes to your mind? Most likely you think of walking in a hospital after surgery or professional athletes rehabbing an injury. But did you know that physical therapists treat much, much more than that? From low back pain to headaches; knee pain to neck pain after an accident – physical therapists are skilled professionals who provide a wide variety of specialized interventions to help you to feel better as fast as possible. Today I’m sharing with you a few of the most-common treatments utilized by our physical therapists here at Fit Stop that will help you decrease pain and increase function, and return to life as quickly as possible!
Let’s face it, body aches and pains are a fact of life. If you’ve managed to avoid them thus far, congratulations! Unfortunately, however, the day is coming when you will hurt for one reason or another. We as humans are always “pulling something”, “feeling a pop”, and the classic “I don’t know what I did but now this hurts so bad”.
When pain comes, what do you do? Where do you turn? For most of us, our first line of defense is our primary care physician. But did you know that might not always be your best option? There may be a better alternative that can help you to get better faster, more completely, and at a decreased cost to you. Today here on the Fit Stop Blog I’m sharing 10 reasons why you should go see a physical therapist for your next injury. Here we go!
Here at Fit Stop Physical Therapy our primary goal is to help you to achieve your maximum potential. We take an integrated approach between one-on-one, hands-on interventions, guided therapeutic exercises, a progressive home exercise program, and patient education to help eliminate your pain, improve function, and get you back to the wellness you need to enjoy.
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Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, and we hope to see you in the clinic soon!