Happy New Year! January is a time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new year. It’s a time when people will think about how they will improve in the upcoming year. Common resolutions include eating healthier, exercising more, saving money, etc. However, you never really hear people make resolutions like taking care of their shoulder pain, consulting a healthcare provider about their knee pain, or improving their posture. What people don’t know is that all these problems that affect so many of us on a daily basis can be solved with the help of a physical therapist.
Throughout the years, physical therapy has helped millions of patients to recover after an injury, surgery, or disabling condition. Physical therapy also allows patients to avoid surgery in the first place. It also allows our elderly population to retain their independence and mobility.
A physical therapist can help you improve your posture, flexibility, strength, balance, and overall quality of life. They help those who may experience numbness in their arms or legs. They can help reduce headaches or migraine pain. They can help individuals recover from traumas, surgeries, and strokes.
Physical therapy also reduces costs for consumers. While the overall cost of healthcare has skyrocketed, physical therapy has reduced the costs for patients suffering from conditions such as low back pain, shoulder pain, and others. The cost reductions include the avoidance of surgery, a shorter recovery time, and reduced pharmacy costs.
Who Can Benefit the Most from Physical Therapy?
If you have been discharged from physical therapy in the last six months, this is a great time to get a follow-up.
We work with athletes to help them prevent injuries in their sports before they occur.
Seniors over 65
Seniors over the age of 65 may find themselves losing strength and balance. Seeing a physical therapist can identify your risks of falls and prevent them from happening.
Patients Considering Surgery
Physical therapy has been proven to remove or reduce the need for surgery. In the event that surgery is needed, we also provide pre-op appointments to help make recovery easier and safer.
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If you or someone you know is making a goal to live in less pain this year, we encourage you to choose physical therapy! Physical therapy can get you feeling better and living a better quality of life all while reaching some important goals.
Goal of Physical Therapy
Live in less pain
Medications can simply mend your symptoms, but you are still left with underlying issues that still cause you pain. Physical therapy can help you diagnose those issues and then help you treat them.
Increase mobility and flexibility
Physical therapy can help increase mobility and flexibility, lowering the risk of injury and allowing you to live a more active lifestyle.
Help you get into better shape
If you’ve made a goal to get into better shape this year, you may consider starting to run as a form of exercise. Our physical therapist can help with proper running form. This will help prevent injuries from running due to the wrong form.
As you are reflecting on your new year’s resolutions, think about how you feel. Are you experiencing pain that is stopping you from doing what you love? If so, talk to a physical therapist about your concerns and let them answer your questions. We want to help you make this the best year by treating your pain and preventing other injuries. If you start treating your injury early in the year, the sooner you can get back to doing what you love most.