Do you have questions about PT? We have answers!
We get a ton of questions about physical therapy, and with good reason! Many people don’t fully understand what physical therapy is and how it could benefit them. It’s normal to have questions! We’ve compiled a list of answers to 7 of the most commonly asked questions about PT, and we hope it helps to ease your mind if you’ve been contemplating coming into our office for treatment!
1.Can PT help me age more gracefully?
Look, it’s a known fact. Our health declines as we age. It’s only natural. As nice as it would be to drink from the fountain of youth forever, science hasn’t quite cracked the code on that one.
Physical therapy can slow the progression of age-related issues such as arthritis or osteoporosis. It can also decrease your chances of needing a joint replaced, should that ever become an issue for you. Seeing a physical therapist early on in your adult life can be the catalyst for a healthier lifestyle and better fitness routine.
2. Is physical therapy a better option than prescription medication?
Yes, it really is! Physical therapy is the safest, most effective method of treatment for patients living with chronic pain or trying to recover from injuries. Prescription medications pose more harm than good, with threats of addiction, overdose, and organ damage when taken for long periods. Seeing a physical therapist could be the difference between depending on prescription medication long-term and learning how to manage your pain the natural way.
3. Is PT only useful for people recovering from injuries or surgery?
In short, no! Physical therapy can help anyone at any age for a variety of reasons, including the simple desire to just get back into shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You don’t have to be in excruciating pain following a hip or knee replacement surgery to benefit from the therapeutic physical therapy treatment methods we offer!
4. Will physical therapy hurt me?
Physical therapy is not meant to hurt you or make your pain worse. Our therapists at (practice name) are licensed and skilled individuals who know how to pinpoint the source of a patient’s pain and make it easier to manage, not harder to deal with! However, upon beginning your therapy treatment, you may experience some soreness or discomfort as your body grows accustomed to moving and stretching in new ways.
5. Can physical therapy teach me how to move safely?
Think about how many times you’ve tweaked your side or back bending down to lift something. It’s pretty painful, right? And on top of the pain, you’re in discomfort for about a week or more before your body properly heals itself. PT can help you learn the safe, correct ways to bend and lift heavy items so that you can avoid future injuries like these in the future!
6. Could I avoid surgery with physical therapy?
This is a surprise to many of our patients, but yes! In some cases, you absolutely can avoid surgery. For many patients, depending on their condition, physical therapy can help them to speed up the healing process and they will no longer be required to undergo invasive, expensive surgery. Now, this is not true for all cases, but it is certainly worth looking into if you’d like to keep your money in the bank
7. Is physical therapy expensive?
We work with several different insurance companies to help our patients pay for their treatment. If you don’t have insurance that covers physical therapy, we also are happy to offer flexible payment plans as well. It’s important to note that regardless of the cost of physical therapy, it’s a much cheaper option than many operations are!
Do you still have questions? Let us answer them for you!
Contact our clinic in NY, New York today to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions in regards to how physical therapy works, how long your treatment will be, and what you can do at home in the meantime to manage any painful symptoms you may be experiencing.
Remember, physical therapy is a super safe and effective way to manage and/or eliminate chronic pain. Your therapist will have your best interest at heart and will create a customized treatment plan specifically for your needs. Call us today for an appointment!