4 reasons to see a Physical Therapist without an injury.

    A persons’ ability and sacrifice to stay active directly results in a better quality of life and reduces the risk of preventable disease. A longer life does come with the consequence of more use of our body, and like our vehicle needs regular maintenance to keep it from the mechanic, the use of physical therapy can keep up out of the prescription line or the surgical table. 

    When pain settles in and doesn’t “go-away” with rest, it is easy to slowly, but surely, modify our once active life, to one of pain-related excuses and accommodations. It is a physical therapist’s job to keep you active, keep you exercising, and help you along with your progression of activity. Here is how physical therapy can help you, even if you do not feel like you are injured. 

  1. Physical Performance Enhancement – If you are a professional athlete or like to play a round of golf over the weekend, our body mechanics determine our performance. We need good mechanics to perform at our highest potential. 
  2. Injury Prevention – We routinely maintain our cars, our teeth, our blood work, but not our tissues. A desk job to an athletic career produces different biases of asymmetry that with time and overuse can produce an activity limiting or ending injury. If we become better at being aware of our bodies in how it moves, we are more likely to continue to move. 
  3. Save money – Surgeries, injections, medications, and the side effects associated with treating pain can be expensive. Musculoskeletal pain can lead to time missed from work, reduced productivity, and expensive medical costs. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence of when physical therapy was used first in the management of pain, the patient saved a significant amount of money. 
  4. Peace of mind – It is too often we second guess ourselves in the safety of certain movements. We don’t squat to certain depths or lift things overhead because we have told ourselves we shouldn’t. A physical therapist is able to determine if certain movements are safe and if there is evidence of a soft tissue impairment that you are able to work through or need a referral to an orthopedist.

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