Who Are Physical Therapists, and What Are Their Benefits?
Therapeutic Associates
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October 14, 2022

Physical therapists are experts in human movement and the musculoskeletal system. They diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, with the goal of improving quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed exercise. Physical therapists primarily work with individuals recovering from an injury or surgical procedure, but also care for people who simply want to become healthier and to prevent future issues.

Physical therapists are evidence-based health care professionals who offer cost-effective care that improves mobility and relieves pain, reduces the need for surgery and opioid prescription drugs, and allows patients to actively participate in their own recovery plan that is designed to meet their needs and achieve their individual goals.

What are the benefits of working with a physical therapist?

There are many benefits of physical therapy – from pain reduction to improved movement. But many people are unaware of the extent of the benefits that PT can provide.

Avoid Surgery: Because physical therapy can help to eliminate pain or heal from an injury, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is required, physical therapy before surgery can improve your overall outcome. If you are going into surgery stronger and in better shape, the recovery afterwards is faster in many cases.

Injury Prevention: Physical therapists understand how the body moves with various activities and understand how those activities can increase the risk for specific types of injuries. Through the design of an individualized exercise program, a PT can help to minimize injury risk through increased strength and mobility.

Avoid Opioids: Opioids mask pain without treating the underlying cause of it. Physical therapy not only helps with relieving pain, but it also addresses the condition that is causing the pain in the first place.

Improve Mental Health:Chronic pain and prescription pain medication can lead to depression, anxiety, and isolation. Physical therapy will help to get your body moving and working normally again, releasing “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins.

Manage Diabetes and Vascular Conditions:Exercise can effectively control blood sugar levels. Additionally, people with diabetes may have problems with sensation in their legs and feet. A physical therapist can help provide and educate these patients on proper foot care to prevent further problems down the road and can aide in the development of a customized exercise program.

Keep You Active and Healthy: According to the US Department of Health and Human Services second edition of Physical Activity Guidelines, more than 80% of adults and adolescents are not getting enough physical activity. Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise. For individuals looking to start a new exercise routine, a physical therapist can assess your beginning fitness levels and tailor a plan that is right for you.

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Notice: This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.

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