Five Signs You May Need to See a Physical Therapist

November 11th, 2020
A man stretching an expandable band during a physical therapy session in guidance of a therapist

Aches and pains are an inevitable part of life and sometimes medication cannot manage it. Certain signs could indicate the need to see a physical therapist. In short, physical therapists commonly referred to (PT)  are experts in movement with a focus on the musculoskeletal system and potentially other body systems depending on their area of expertise. Physical therapy are licensed health professionals and can ease pain, help you function better with your daily tasks, and live a better life. Here are just some of the many things Physical Therapists can help with. 

  • Relieve pain
  • Improve movement or ability
  • Prevent or recover from a sports injury
  • Prevent disability or surgery
  • Rehab after a stroke, accident, injury, or surgery
  • Work on balance to prevent a slip or fall
  • Manage a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis
  • Recover after you give birth
  • Control your bowels or bladder
  • Adapt to an artificial limb
  • Learn to use assistive devices like a walker or cane
  • Get a splint or brace
  • People of all ages get physical therapy. It can treat a variety of health problems.

A part of your healthcare team

While physical therapists do not take on the role of your primary doctor, they can work alongside them to make treatment plans including your goals to live a pain free life or help improve your mobility. 

Common reasons to seek physical therapy: 

  • Neck pain and low back pain
  • Arthritis in one or multiple joints
  • Fractures and other orthopedic conditions
  • Bowel or bladder incontinence
  • Problems with balance or mobility
  • Chronic fatigue and weakness
  • Pre- and post-surgical conditioning and strengthening
  • Cancer recovery
  • Fitness and wellness education including weight loss and prevention of osteoporosis
  • Respiratory problems / poor cardiovascular endurance
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Knee, ankle and foot problems
  • Shoulder, arm, hand and wrist problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder tendonitis
  • Pre- and post-partum programs
  • Neuro-rehabilitation, such as post-stroke and spinal cord or head injury
  • Wound care such as diabetic wounds and non-healing traumatic or post-surgical wounds
  • Common sprains and muscle strains
  • Work-related injuries such as repetitive motion injuries, slip, and fall accidents and other trauma
  • Sports-related injuries

If you have an  injury affecting your mobility or are in chronic pain and think you might benefit from physical therapy, please call us immediately. You can speak to one of our highly skilled therapists or come over to US Rehab for an in person examination.