Whether you’re feeling a new twinge in a muscle where you’ve never had discomfort before, or you’ve learned to live with the flare-ups caused by an old injury, it’s important to seek treatment right away. That sore back muscle or tender knee is more than an inconvenience – it’s your body’s way of letting you know that it requires special attention in a specific area. Physical therapy is the way to fix that injury; it gets to the root of the issue, tackling the source of your pain so that you can build strength and improve mobility long term. Physical therapy helps to prevent opioid dependency, boost mindfulness, and minimize the risk of costly invasive surgeries later on. Today, we’re going over the scientific reasons why physical therapy is the best thing you can do for that old injury. Let’s get started.
What Do Physical Therapists Do?
A doctor of physical therapy is a movement expert who is skilled and highly trained to treat pain, optimize movement, and facilitate return to function. Whether you have experienced a recent injury or are putting off getting treatment on an old, nagging injury, let me tell you a couple of reasons why going to see a physical therapist first would be to your greatest benefit.
Why You Should See a Physical Therapist First
Physical therapy is an excellent first course of action for effective injury treatment. This is because:
It can save you time and money.
According to a recent study, patients are likely to spend an average of $4,793 more if they have an MRI prior to receiving physical therapy (for the same results, by the way).
It’s what the experts recommend.
The outcomes speak for themselves.
Physical therapy is the way to fix that injury you’ve been worrying about without having to undergo an invasive procedure or rely on opioids for pain management. Working with a great physical therapist means that you:
- Save time and money
- Adhere to the CDC’s recommendation for pain management over opioids
- Get similar (or better) outcomes for common musculoskeletal conditions than you would get with surgical intervention
Physical therapy doesn’t have to disrupt your schedule; in fact, a concierge physical therapy plan is entirely customizable to your unique needs and schedule. To learn more about your physical therapy options, schedule a free consultation with us.