Many people assume that physical therapy is mainly used after surgery. This is a common misconception. There are many different reasons to request physical therapy from your primary care physician. After receiving a referral from your primary care physician you can set up an appointment for physical therapy and the office can review your insurance benefits.
In physical therapy, trained professionals evaluate and treat abnormal physical function related to, for example, an injury, disability, disease or condition.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a physical therapist is a trained and licensed medical professional with experience in diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring physical function and mobility, maintaining physical function, and promoting physical activity and proper function.
Consider the wide range of people who will be experiencing lack of activity and mobility during the stay at home order surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Gyms are closed; social distancing is enforced, not much to do…
In a month or two you may find yourself with new aches and pains that you never had before. This would be a great time to make an appointment with your primary care doctor to discuss physical therapy as an option.
Some conditions that you may not be aware of that can be improved by physical therapy:
- Cardiopulmonary conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis (CF) and post-myocardial infarction (MI)
- Hand therapy for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger
- Musculoskeletal dysfunction such as back pain, rotator cuff tears, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, vestibular dysfunction, and traumatic brain injuries
- Sports-related injuries, such as concussion and tennis elbow
- Women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and lymphedema
- Balance issues/vertigo
- Loss of overall strength and flexibility
Depending on the reason for treatment, the benefits of physical therapy include:
- Pain management with reduced need for opioids
- Avoiding surgery
- Improved mobility and movement
- Recovery from injury or trauma
- Recovery from stroke or paralysis
- Fall prevention
- Improved balance
- Management of age-related medical problems
Montgomery Physical Therapy is here for you! Our office is still open and deemed as one of the medically necessary establishments allowed to continue to see patients.
For more information: (936) 597-5323