Why should you see a physical therapist? You already know PTs can treat sprains, strains, and other sports-related injuries. But this doesn't mean these pros only treat athletes. If you're not sure how someone who isn't an athlete can benefit from a PT appointment, take a look at the top reasons to schedule a visit.
You Can Improve Mobility
While PTs do often treat highly skilled athletes, they also treat regular patients who haven't torn an ACL or other ligament/muscle group on the court, rink, or field. Whether you have a previous injury, a chronic condition, or age-related mobility issues, a PT can help to improve your range of motion, flexibility, balance, coordination, and strength.
Why is mobility important? According to the National Institute On Aging, mobility changes can increase the risk for a fall and impact daily life. This can make it more likely that a person with mobility challenges could have a severe injury. It can also interfere with their ability to lead a healthy social life and engage in activities with family members or friends who live outside of their household.
If chronic mobility issues affect your daily life or you feel you're at risk for a secondary injury, PT is an option to seriously consider. Talk to your doctor or medical provider about the specific benefits for your individual health and physical needs.
You Can Control a Chronic Condition
Physical activity can directly impact your health. A sedentary lifestyle can increase the risks of type 2 diabetes and some types of heart (cardiovascular) conditions. If you have a chronic condition, such as type 2 diabetes, and are sedentary, overweight, obese, or have other lifestyle-related factors, talk to your medical provider about a prescription for PT. Choose a therapist who specializes in helping people with medical conditions (such as cardiovascular diseases) and start down a path to better health.
Other chronic or medical conditions that PT may help include fibromyalgia, pelvic health/pain, lymphedema, arthritis, and pulmonary (lung/respiratory) issues. Some patients use PT to manage the symptoms of neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, or stroke recovery.
You Can Reduce Work-Related Pain
Do you sit at a desk all day? The wrong chair, typing for too long, or other issues that force your body into an uncomfortable position can cause chronic neck and back pain. While pain reliever medications can help to reduce some of the severity of your symptoms, these won't solve the problem. If you have work-related pain and don't want to rely on medications, physical therapy can help.