People everywhere have experienced the restorative and transformational
physical therapy can have on their daily lives. From strengthening muscles and ligaments
following an injury to speeding up recovery times from surgery, physical
therapy can be one of the most effective and safe treatments to help regain
motion and eliminate pain. Unfortunately, there are many common misconceptions
about physical therapy which can discourage people from seeking treatment.
To help set the record straight, our Aberdeen physical therapists have
examined some of the most common physical therapy myths.
I need a referral to see a physical therapist: According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), roughly
70% of people believe that they need to have a prescription or doctor
referral in order to be evaluated by a physical therapist. This is completely
false! All 50 states and Washington D.C. allow patients to be evaluated
by a physical therapist without a prior referral, with all but one state
(Michigan) allowing some form of physical therapy treatment or intervention
without a referral or prescription.
Physical therapy hurts: Another common misconception is that physical therapy is a painful process.
This is backward thinking. Physical therapists seek to reduce your pain
and discomfort through the use of stretches, exercises, massages, and
other treatments that are within your pain threshold, allowing you to
restore movement and function over time.
Anyone can perform physical therapy: Again, this one is completely false. While many physical therapists also
pursue certification in other medical practice areas, not all doctors
may legally perform physical therapy. To protect against further injury,
physical therapy regimens may only be administered by licensed, board-certified
Physical therapy is only for people who have been in accidents: While physical therapy can be excellent for injury recovery, it is also
equally effective at pinpointing and preventing medical issues before
they ever occur, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, chronic
migraines, and more.
Physical therapy is not covered by insurance: Most insurance policies provide coverage for some type of physical therapy.
Likewise, physical therapy can provide the added benefit of helping patients
avoid unnecessary treatments, scans, medications, or even surgeries.
Contact Our Aberdeen Physical Therapists
At ProFysio Physical Therapy, every single one of our top-rated
Aberdeen physical therapists is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with added specialties in orthopedics
and orthopedic manual therapy. As experts in our field, we can provide
the custom-tailored and effective treatment you need to improve your quality
of life and minimize your discomfort. To find out more about our services,
dial (732) 333-6360 or
schedule an appointment online today.