What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
When I tell people that I am a physical therapist, one of the first things they say is how they went to a therapist, or they know someone who saw a therapist, after a surgery. Yes, we do help people recover after having a surgery, but this is really a small part of the many ways that we can help people. For many therapists, myself included, the goal is to help people avoid surgery and in order to do this, we need to be an initial option for people struggling with some sort of physical problem. In this Blog, I would like to discuss some of the specific things that a quality orthopedic physical therapist can do to assist people in living the active life they want. [...]
When I tell people that I am a physical therapist, one of the first things they say is how they went to a therapist, or they know someone who saw a therapist, after a surgery. Yes, we do help people recover after having a surgery, but this is really a small part of the many ways that we can help people. For many therapists, myself included, the goal is to help people avoid surgery and in order to do this, we need to be an initial option for people struggling with some sort of physical problem. In this Blog, I would like to discuss some of the specific things that a quality orthopedic physical therapist can do to assist people in living the active life they want.
If you have been to my website at http://www.promotiongb.com you will see a statement on my homepage that describes what I do:
“We help people of all ages, who have been limited by pain, stiffness, or fear, get back to playing better, living healthier, and enjoying life without the use of drugs, injections, or risky surgeries.”
Now, in order to do this, I use the knowledge, skills, and techniques that I have acquired during my many years as an orthopedic physical therapist. Below are some of the conditions treated and approaches used by therapists (and me specifically) that you may not have known about.
I Treat Low Back and Neck Pain. In fact, a large percentage of my patient population consists of people struggling with neck and low back pain. These conditions are very common, but with the right treatment and education, they usually resolve. Not everyone realizes that the best first line treatment for Back and Neck Pain is physical therapy provided by a therapist with specific training in treating these. Evidence-based education has been shown to have a very positive effect on a patient’s recovery. Learning about the pain can relieve a lot of stress and worry which could be contributing to ongoing pain. In addition, certain manual therapy and manipulation techniques can be used to help relieve pain and improve movement. These techniques combined with supervised exercise that you enjoy can get you back to living the life you want. My advice to you is to find a therapist with extensive training in treating the spine if you are struggling with recovery from low back pain or neck pain.
I Treat Knee Pain and Shoulder Pain to Avoid Surgery. As more and more research is coming out which
compares surgery to physical therapy, the benefits of surgery is being questioned. This is specifically true for knee arthroscopy surgeries in people over 50 y.o. and shoulder impingement/tendonitis. With appropriate temporary changes in activity, manual therapy techniques, and specific exercises, many knee and shoulder surgeries can be avoided. Thus enabling patients to get back to living their life without the long, painful recovery from an expensive surgery. Physical therapy is now advocated as being the first treatment choice for painful conditions of the knee and shoulder.
Headaches Can Be Treated with Physical Therapy. I have treated many patients who have been struggling with headaches for a long time-taking more and more medication that helps less and less. Physicians and the general public do not realize that many headaches are influenced by problems in the neck region. With treating these problems, long-standing headache pain can be eliminated.
I Can Help People Get Back to Exercise. Perhaps you have had pain for a short or long time and because of it you stopped exercising and now don’t know what you should or should not do. Or, perhaps you never exercised before and you know you should, but have no idea where to start. Having had specific training in exercise implementation and progression, I can help you get back into an exercise program gradually and safely and if needed, include specific modifications or exercises if you are having difficulty in a certain area of your body. Don’t give up on being active and don’t hesitate to get help if you need it.
These are just a few things that a physical therapist can help you with which you may not have known about. Continue to follow my blog in the future as I discuss other topics that patients have frequently asked me about.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading,
7/8/2022 07:47:31 am
Wow, I never knew that physical therapists can help someone stay physically active again after an injury. It does make sense to prioritize recovery rather than making the injury worse over time. I should keep this in mind if my girlfriend experiences discomfort after running a marathon.
7/28/2022 07:06:21 pm
The segment of your article that talked about how headaches can be treated by physical therapy was really interesting. I've always wondered if the headaches I regularly experience were the result of something out of the ordinary, as normal medication and sleep don't seem to solve them. I'll take your advice and look for a physical therapist that can help me out with dealing with these headaches.
8/22/2022 02:44:49 am
Thank you for emphasizing the importance of manual therapy and manipulation techniques in pain relief and movement improvement. My grandmother reported experiencing back pain. I'll take my grandmother there so that she can receive specialized instruction in managing her back discomfort.
9/16/2022 03:14:23 am
I like that you pointed out that there would be techniques combined with exercises that can get you back to the life you want. I think I need physical therapy to help me get back to cycling, because I had an issue with my left foot. A car accidentally drove over half of my left foot which is why there is discomfort here which I am not able to get rid of since the incident. It happened last year.
12/27/2022 11:12:11 am
It made sense when you mentioned that many headaches are impacted by issues in the neck region. My friend has been complaining about his headaches. I should advise him to hire a physical therapist with vast experience in the field.
1/26/2023 03:00:02 pm
Recently, my dad received bad news abotu his knee pain, and he might need to get surgery this year if he doesn't do something to improve his condition. I'm glad you talked about how physical therapy and specific exercises may avoid surgery, so I'll call my dad now to suggest this. Thanks for the information on how physical therapy helps you live without pain.
2/21/2023 02:40:58 pm
This blog provides a clear and concise explanation of the role of a physical therapist and the different services they offer. I appreciate the emphasis on the importance of a personalized approach to treatment, as well as the explanation of the various techniques used by physical therapists to address a wide range of conditions. The inclusion of real-life examples and case studies helps to illustrate the benefits of physical therapy in practice, and I found the explanation of the role of a physical therapist in the overall healthcare team to be particularly enlightening. Overall, this is an informative and well-written article that serves as a great resource for anyone who is curious about the field of physical therapy.
2/28/2023 12:44:32 am
I am so happy I found your blog and I absolutely love your information about what does a physical therapist do?. I liked and it is wonderful to know about so many things that are useful for all of us! Thanks a lot for this amazing blog!!
3/23/2023 10:58:31 pm
I like that you said that physical therapy solutions could help prevent surgery by providing appropriate rehabilitation. A friend of mine mentioned to me last night that she was hoping to find a reliable orthopedic center for his brother suffering from foot pain. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best treatment option. Thanks to this informative article, I'll tell her we can consult a trusted orthopedic physical therapist in town as they provide proper treatment.
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