When should you see a Physical Therapist?

Wow, it has been quite awhile since my last post and I apologize for that!  I have taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging due to some huge changes going on with the business.  For starters, we are no longer “Fit and Toned” because we have changed the name to “Revitalize Physical Therapy”.  We really wanted something that spoke to what we do and who we are.  Second, we are currently in the middle of construction in our new office space since we are expanding to a much larger facility that will allow us to offer more amenities and services.  Can’t wait to move into the new space!  And with all the extra space, we will be adding massage therapy, exercise classes and two more personal trainers.  Needless to say, it has been a whirlwind with all of these changes!

But today I really wanted to take some time to address a question that I often get from people.  Over the weekend, I had a booth at the Woman Up Expo event and had the opportunity to talk with lots of great women.  And several of them asked me this very question, “when should I see a physical therapist?”  The short answer is whenever you want, but all jokes aside below are some specific examples that may help you if you have been struggling with this same question.

  1. If you suddenly start to have pain after a specific activity, you most likely have an acute injury.  These will sometimes resolve or alleviate with rest, ice, and activity modification.  But if the pain persists more than a few days or is severe enough that it is limiting your function, you should see a medical specialist such as a physician or physical therapist.
  2. When you have been suffering from pain that just started to slowly come on, chances are it’s due to overuse or years and years of improper mechanics that have finally started to cause pain.  It’s better to have a physical therapist look at this earlier rather than later because the sooner you catch an injury, the faster it resolves.  When you wait too long, it takes that much longer to resolve.
  3. And a lot of people are scared to go see a medical professional or want to avoid all of the hassles of the medical system.  I get it, we are all short on time these days and it’s tough to find the time to go in and have something checked out.  But did you know that in most states (including here in Wisconsin) you can go straight to your physical therapist for an injury without waiting for a physician appointment then waiting for a physical therapy appointment.  They will save you a lot of hassle, time and waiting.  Physical therapists are well trained in diagnosing injuries and also know when it is appropriate to refer you to another specialist.  The majority of the time your injury is something that we can treat but there are instances that it is outside of our scope of practice and needs attention by someone else.  Don’t wait just to avoid the hassles of healthcare – get in earlier and have it checked out.

So the moral of the story is to try to act on your injuries as soon as you can because ultimately it will save you time and money in the long run.  You can go straight to your physical therapist and avoid the hassles of visiting multiple medical professionals.  And I will also add that if you had an injury or surgery and your physician did not prescribe physical therapy yet you continue to have limitations, go have it checked by a physical therapist.  There is still a lot of education that needs to be done within the medical profession on the benefits of physical therapy and what we actually do.  It’s not as simple as a few exercises often times and a trained physical therapist can get you better much faster than you can do it yourself.  If you have any questions about injuries or the logistics of coming to see a physical therapist, give us a call at 414-331-2323 or email us at Brenda@revitalize-pt.com

 

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