As physical therapists, we hear people say the strangest, and most incorrect, things about physical therapy – mostly about who can do physical therapy. That got us thinking, if a handful of people are saying these things, how many people actually think them?
In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we wanted to clear a few of these myths up. You might be surprised by how many people are not only eligible for physical therapy, but how many people should be getting physical therapy that aren’t.
The two most common things we hear are:
- Physical therapy is just for “old people”.
- You don’t need physical therapy unless you just broke a bone or had surgery.
While it’s true that physical therapy does treat those types of patients, that barely scratches the surface of those who can benefit from physical therapy.
The goals of physical therapy are to restore function, improve mobility, and relieve pain so that your body can continue to do normal everyday activities. With these goals in mind, physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for people with a variety of conditions.
We decided to put together a list that would demonstrate how many people can be helped by physical therapy.
- Athletes – No, not just injured athletes. Physical therapy can be used to enhance athletic performance. A physical therapist can provide you with exercises that will focus and grow the muscle groups necessary for your sport.
- Prenatal and Postpartum Care – Pregnancy can put a lot of stress and tension on the joints in the body. Physical therapy can help you manage that pain. It can also help you return to your normal activities from before you were pregnant.
- Migraines/Headaches – Bet you didn’t know physical therapy can help with this! A physical therapist can help you determine what is causing your headaches and teach you to manage the pain.
- Pre-Op Patients – You read that right. Going to physical therapy before you have surgery will make recovery an easier process.
This list is not exhaustive. Physical therapy can work for other patients and conditions too. It’s important to highlight a few to demonstrate that physical therapy is a very versatile treatment that can help so many people.
If you’re curious to know if physical therapy is right for you, contact us today. Our trained team of physical therapists will help you determine if it’s the right treatment option.
If you’re already completing physical therapy, make sure to thank your physical therapist in honor of National Physical Therapy Month!