With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now may be a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place and see if there are any improvements you could make. You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Maybe you have some specialist physicians, a personal trainer, or a massage therapist. If a physical therapist isn’t a part of your healthcare team, you’re missing out on taking care of a big part of your health that could save you time and money. To understand why you need a physical therapist, you might need to understand what they do.
Our Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) Help You Do Things
The American Physical Therapy Association defines PTs as “health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.” So physical therapists help you do things that you have trouble with. That could be going for a hike, playing with your kids, or getting through a day of work without pain. Our physical therapists are Doctors in the profession, often with advanced education and certifications, such as Dr. Aart‘s oro-facial/trigger point certification, or Dr. Mike as a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.
Our DPTs Help You Reduce Pain
Chronic pain is a huge problem worldwide. A big part of that is low back pain. Statistically, around 80% of people will have low back pain in their lifetimes. Our DPTs are trained to treat pain without surgery or medications. If you have back pain, an arthritic knee, neck pain, or an old injury that won’t go away, ours DPTs may be able to help.
Our DPTs Help Keep You Healthy
The APTA goes on to say that “PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.” That means that our DPTs can help you determine your risk for injury, choose the right fitness program, and improve the quality of your life by improving your health and ability to move. Not all physical therapy is about pain and post surgical care. There’s so much more to it that can help you reach your full potential.
Physical Therapy Can Help You Live Longer (and Better!)
It’s well known that the risk of many of the leading causes of death can be reduced by exercise. Some of these conditions would include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and stroke. By helping you move better with less pain, finding the right exercise program, and helping you to make healthy lifestyle choices, our DPTs could help you live longer.
Our Doctors of Physical Therapy have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life, above and beyond what your typical PT might possess. Find more about them here.
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Adapted from Private Practice Section of APTA