Why You Need a Physical Therapist on Your Healthcare Team
Updated: Oct 9
With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now is a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place, and see if there are any improvements you could make.
You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Maybe you have some specialist physicians, a trainer, or a massage therapist. If a physical therapist isn't a part of your healthcare team, you're missing out on taking care of a big part of your health. To understand why you need a physical therapist (PT), you need to understand what they do.
Physical Therapists Help You Do Things
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) defines PTs as "health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives."
So physical therapists help you regain the ability to do things that you have trouble with.
That could be going for a hike, playing with your kids, or getting through a day of work without pain.
PTs are trained at the doctorate level to understand and treat a variety of health issues, along with helping to recognize issues as they arise. I have had the fortune over my career to catch a number of issues that my patients had written off as “nothing” but turned out to be the early signs of illness and disease. Because of earlier detection they have gone on to have fewer problems and complications.
Physical Therapists Reduce Pain
Chronic pain is a huge problem worldwide.
A big part of that is low back pain. Statistically, around 80% of people will have low back pain in their lifetimes.
Physical therapists are trained to treat pain without surgery or medications. If you have back pain, an arthritic knee, neck pain, or an old injury that won't go away, a PT is someone you should reach out to help.
Physical Therapists Keep You Healthy
The APTA goes on to say that "PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles." That means that a physical therapist can help you determine your risk for injury, choose the right fitness program, and improve the quality of your life by improving your health and ability to move.
No matter where you are in your health journey a PT is a great resource for you to have at your disposal. A PT's depth of knowledge of different health issues and how your body will respond makes them the perfect person to help you get back in shape, get moving, perform better and stay healthy.
Physical Therapists Can Help You Live Longer
It's well known that the risk of many of the leading causes of death can be reduced by exercise. Some of these conditions would include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and stroke. Be sure to check out our resources on these issues here https://www.titanptky.com/quickguidesforyourhealth.
By helping you move better with less pain, finding the right exercise program, and helping you to make healthy lifestyle choices, a PT will help you live longer.
Physical therapists have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life. If you don't have a PT on your medical, health and wellness team, contact us. I would be glad to answer your questions and see how we can help you and your current situation. We would appreciate you considering adding us to your healthcare team, like so many others have.