Debunking Physical Therapy Myths
Physical therapy seeks to help patients reduce pain and improve their mobility. While some people see a physical therapist after an accident, injury, or a major surgery, other people attend to stay active and healthy, especially as they age. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions circulating about physical therapy that discourage people from seeking treatment. Here are some of the most common myths — debunked.
Myth #1: You Need a Referral to See a Physical Therapist
Most people get a referral from their doctor before attending physical therapy, but this is not always necessary. In fact, anyone can receive an evaluation from a physical therapist. If you live with chronic pain or you are looking for a way to stay active as you age, you are welcome to attend physical therapy without a referral from your primary physician. Some states have restrictions about the type of treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician’s referral, so keep this in mind when you are seeking treatment.
Myth #2: Physical Therapy is Only for Injuries
Although physical therapy is commonly associated with athletic injuries and surgery recovery, it is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. In fact, many people seek treatment to deal with back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, and other chronic conditions. Physical therapists also do much more than stretch weak muscles. They can also help you make lifestyle changes and ergonomic adjustments in your home to help prevent future issues.
Myth #3: Physical Therapy is Not as Effective as Surgery
While surgery is the best solution for some injuries or chronic conditions, physical therapy can be just as effective in some cases. This is especially true for rotator cuff injuries or conditions like knee osteoarthritis. If you feel apprehensive about surgery, and your condition and pain level will allow it, consider scheduling a consultation with a physical therapist.
Myth #4: I Can Do Physical Therapy By Myself
Your physical therapist will give you exercises and stretches to practice at home, but at-home practice is not enough. To truly heal and recover, you need the guidance and clinical expertise of a licensed professional. With their experience, they can develop a personalized treatment plan that will address your specific condition, helping you heal faster. Without their guidance, you run the risk of making your injury worse.
Outpatient Services at Haven Physical Therapy
If you are looking to schedule a consultation with a physical therapist, contact Haven Physical Therapy today. We are always happy to speak with new patients and set you on the path to healing. To learn more, give us a call at 417-731-7094!