Sometimes you need to see a physical therapist and sometimes you don't. If you are going through some sort of musculoskeletal issue then you should definitely go to a physical therapist. A musculoskeletal issue is anything dealing with the muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons. If it's anything other than that, you may want to go to your primary care provider instead.
Here are a few ways to know if you should see a physical therapist.
- Quick Tune Up. Some people like to visit their physical therapist from time to time as a sort of tune-up for their body. Over time we can develop pesky aches and pains due to whatever reason and seeing your physical therapist could help alleviate some of that.
- Fitness Program, Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be injured or recovering from surgery to see a physical therapist. Many people see their physical therapist to help them with a fitness program tailored to their body.
- Surgery Rehabilitation. After having a surgery, your doctor will recommend, if not require, you to undergo physical therapy to help you rehabilitate yourself after surgery. This is probably the second most common reason people visit their physical therapist.
- Pain or Mobility Inhibiting Injury. When experiencing pain or after suffering an injury that results in the loss of movement, many people seek out their physical therapist. This is actually the number one reason for people going to their physical therapist. When we are in pain or can't move one of our extremities, pretty much all life stops.
As you can see, there are quite a few different reasons that you can see your physical therapist. Who knew that they could even help you figure out the best workout routine for your body.
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