Common misconceptions about physical therapy

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When people think of physical therapy, they may think of athletes who have injured themselves and are undergoing physical therapy to heal and repair their bodies. Physical therapy has many benefits for different ailments, and there are a lot of common misconceptions about what precisely physical therapy can help. Physical therapy can help reduce pain, restore or improve mobility, and help you stay active. What are some of the common misconceptions about physical therapy?

Physical Therapy Hurts

Physical therapists don’t want to hurt their patients, and they work hard to help reduce your pain and discomfort—including long-term or chronic pain. When they help you perform the exercises, they work within your pain threshold to guide you to healing and restore your physical function. Most people who have worked with a physical therapist will attest that it is not painful.

Physical therapy only Benefits Accidents and Injuries

While physical therapy can be beneficial for accidents or injuries, it can also be used to evaluate and diagnose problems before they become more serious. It can also help people manage pain suffered from an accident or chronic pain. Patients with chronic headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, frozen shoulder, and even long-haul COVID can see benefits from attending physical therapy sessions.

Physical Therapy Isn’t Covered By Insurance

The majority of health insurance policies cover physical therapy, primarily because physical therapy helps to reduce costs that come with what are often unnecessary interventions, like prescription medicines, surgery, and other procedures. For instance, physical therapy can help strengthen people to make them more stable against falls that often lead to hospital visits. A it can be a tool to address conditions before they worsen and require more invasive treatments. 

Find a Physical Therapist

You may be a good candidate for physical therapy if you’ve suffered chronic pain or sustained injuries from a car accident. Working with a good physical therapist can help improve your quality of life and diminish your pain. Call our office today for a consultation. We look forward to assisting you!