Have you ever thought to yourself, “should I wait and see or go visit a PT?” We get it, it is difficult to know if the injury is serious and requires a visit to a physical therapist. Which is why we decided to put together six ways to determine when it is time to see a physical therapist.
- Lingering pain – When you first notice an ache or pain, especially if it is a sports injury, spend 20 minutes several times a day icing the affected area. If the pain lingers after three or four days of resting and icing, it is time to see a physical therapist.
- Reoccurring dull pain – Pain should subside after rest and icing, but if the injury is more serious symptoms will repeatedly come back until the underlying injury has been addressed.
- One traumatic event – Some injuries are easy to spot, like a muscle tear or broken bone caused by one traumatic event – if this is the case, you are going to want to come in and get it checked out.
- Pain medication does not help the pain – If over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relief drugs are not relieving your pain, it is time to get it checked out.
- Pain is acute and sharp – If the pain is sharp and centralized it can be an indication of a more serious injury such as a muscle pull or stress fracture, it is definitely a good idea to see a physical therapist.
- Noticeable or visible changes – You know your body best, if something feels off it is never a bad idea to seek professional opinion.