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.
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!