Most people have heard of physical therapy and associate it with being hurt. In the past, physical therapy was utilized when a patient was referred from a physician after an injury. Did you know that since 2018 Physical Therapists have had direct access in Illinois? This means that you are able to see a physical therapist without a prescription using your insurance or cash (with the exception of Medicare). A physical therapist can be a great resource and important member of your medical team that can keep you healthy and save you a lot of time and money.
Here are 5 Benefits of Physical Therapy that you may not be aware of:
1. Reduce Pain
Pain is a unique experience for everyone that can range from annoying to debilitating. A physical therapist is able to discuss your experience and all the factors that you may or may not know affect pain and work with you to create strategies and a plan to address them.
2. Improve Function
Our ultimate goal is to help you return to doing the things you love to do, because what is life without those things? No matter what level your mobility is currently at, we are able to modify exercises so they will directly translate to your goals. Whether you need help reaching into a cabinet, getting out of a chair, walking around your neighborhood or returning to weight lifting, a Physical Therapist can help.
3. Improve Performance
Movement is extremely dynamic and intricate. Whether you are a weekend warrior training for a competition or an athlete trying to improve at their sport, a PT can analyze and modify movement so you can get the most out of your training that will translate to performance.
4. Pain Education
Pain is not only physical, but a biopsychosocial experience. Learning how and why your body creates pain can be an enlightening experience. It allows you to see occasional aches and pains in a different light, so you can perceive and handle them differently in the future.
5. Reduce Risk of Reinjury
It is our goal to give you the tools to be able to manage your condition and pain on your own. A physical therapist is able to provide you with recommendations to manage, progress or modify previously painful things and long-term loading to create as much resilience as possible to avoid a recurring injury or pain.
Your physical therapy treatment plan will tie in these 5 benefits so you can understand your body and reach your goals. Dr. Evan is here for you for the long-term, so you can lead the lifestyle you want outside of the clinic.
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