Why should you try Physical Therapy first? Let’s first look at the definition of physical therapy; It is the art and science of assessing and restoring motion (motion of a particular joint or body part or a particular movement pattern). Physical Therapy is the only profession that can do that.
Why try PT first?
- Supports traditional medicine rather than substituting or replacing it.
- PT is conservative, and non-invasive.
- Prescription and OTC (over the counter) drugs may reduce pain and inflammation but often have unwanted long term side effects.
- Generally the only “side effects” of this form of pain relief are improved function and a feeling of well being.
- Restores motion, increases mobility.
- Decreases pain.
No waiting which promotes loss of function.
- Health Insurance Companies have guidelines and restrictions on your health care but, you have a choice on who you choose and how you choose to be treated and cared for.
The Physical Therapists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and assessment to determine what treatment approach is appropriate for the patient. If for example you experience back pain with radiating pain into your legs the treatment approach would be the same whether or not an MRI confirmed a disc herniation. The initial focus of that treatment plan will be the same: to decrease acute pain, restore normal joint and myofascial mobility in the area and decrease nerve irritation and pain. The final outcome and goal would be to return the patient to their prior level of function.