Whether you’ve recently started to experience some discomfort during your golf games or you’ve been dealing with an old injury for years, it’s tempting to write it off as “not that big of a deal.” After all, taking the time to find and see a physical therapist would probably be more time and trouble than it’s worth for a relatively minor injury, right? Not exactly. If you’re experiencing recurrent discomfort, it’s not minor. Small twinges and pains can easily become far more serious if left untreated; the earlier you start to work with a professional physical therapist to target that sports injury, the better. The thing is, working with a physical therapist in St. Pete doesn’t have to disturb your schedule or disrupt your lifestyle. There are more flexible options out there than you think. Today, we’re exploring why physical therapy is a non-negotiable treatment method for that annoying injury – and why it’s way easier to fit into your lifestyle than you think.
Why Ignoring that Injury Isn’t Enough
Maybe that shoulder that acts up on the golf course doesn’t seem like that big of a deal when it’s gone a couple of days later. Chances are that knee that starts to hurt on your daily run doesn’t act up nearly as much while you’re at the office. It’s easy to write these injuries off when they’re not flaring up, but that doesn’t mean that you should. These pains and twinges don’t come out of nowhere: they are your body’s way of alerting you that something isn’t quite right. When you feel pain, your body makes small adjustments in order to compensate for it. This doesn’t only jeopardize your on the court or the course; it can also affect your posture or put excessive pressure on other muscles and joints in your everyday life. Together, these factors can combine and cause more serious injuries down the line.
We don’t mean to be alarmist with all of this stuff – just realistic. The reality is simple: the earlier you treat that bad back or problem joint, the more time, money, and energy you’ll save in the long run.
The Most Common Misconception
With all of this in mind, one big question persists: even if your injury isn’t exactly as “minor” as it may seem, is physical therapy even worth the trouble? Given some of the misconceptions that are out there about physical therapy, this question makes sense. After all, the standard physical therapy model involves you having to take time out of your work schedule to drive to a PT’s office and complete hours’ worth of exercises weekly – and that’s after you spend weeks or months researching and considering different doctors.
We can see why this model is time-consuming and inconvenient – but the thing is, it’s not your only option. Finding quality physical therapy doesn’t have to mean disrupting your work schedule or personal obligations anymore. That’s because of the concierge model.
The Concierge Model
Purpose PT is proud to be one of the few physical therapy providers in St. Pete who adheres to a flexible concierge model. What does this mean? Well, the short answer is: whatever you need it to. A concierge physical therapist tailors your plan not only to your physical needs but to your lifestyle needs, as well. If it works better for you to have your physical therapist come to your home or office, then that’s exactly what will be done. If shorter exercises multiple times a week work better for your physical goals and schedule than a couple of longer sessions, then that can be arranged. Concierge physical therapy is about holistic treatment, finding sustainable solutions that don’t just treat your injury in the short-term, but that equip you with the tools and flexibility you need to sustain that progress in the long term. When we say lifestyle, we mean it.
If you’re on the fence about physical therapy because of the time constraints it may present, it’s worth it to consider a concierge practitioner who is willing to work with you to create a plan that works well with your lifestyle. If you’d like to learn more about concierge physical therapy, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us.