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Do I Really Need Physical Therapy?

If you’re reading this blog, then chances are this may not be the first time you have asked yourself this question! You might be experiencing pain, but don’t know where to start, or you believe your issue may be too small for physical therapy. If these are things you have been experiencing or feeling, this article is for you!

How do I know if I need physical therapy?

Some of the most common reasons people will turn to physical therapy are: pain, difficulties performing daily tasks, and weakness. However, the great news is that everyone could benefit from physical therapy.

Physical therapy is not just for people who are in pain, but can also be incredibly helpful for injury prevention, balance and gait disorders, as well as improving exercise quality. Physical therapy is also great for people who may not be able to do the activities they love, or who are avoiding activities out of fear.

Even if you don’t have an injury, physical therapy may be helpful for you to maintain mobility, improve strength and stability, or learn exercises specific to your concerns.

Additionally, physical therapists are experts in how the body moves. Because of this, we have the ability to work with athletes to help them hone in their skills or find ways to improve form and movement quality, but we can also help the office worker who has pain while sitting at their desk all day!

There is no problem too small for physical therapy! In fact, it is a great first step in getting over many injuries and ailments. At GWP Physical Therapy, we have been the first and last line of defense in treating injuries and pains through the use of individualized plans of care and specific exercise. Whether you are preparing for a total knee replacement, or taking care of your week-old shoulder pain before it becomes a significant issue, a physical therapist is able to help you accomplish your goals to get you back to feeling strong and confident!

There is no problem too small for physical therapy! In fact, it is a great first step in getting over many injuries and ailments. At GWP Physical Therapy, we have been the first and last line of defense in treating injuries and pains through the use of individualized plans of care and specific exercise. Whether you are preparing for a total knee replacement, or taking care of your week-old shoulder pain before it becomes a significant issue, a physical therapist is able to help you accomplish your goals to get you back to feeling strong and confident!

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How do I know if I need physical therapy?

This answer is going to be different for everyone, but generally, we believe that the earlier you begin physical therapy, the better! However, not everyone will think of physical therapy as a first option, and that’s okay, too. Physical therapy is beneficial no matter what stage of recovery you are in. Research has shown that starting physical therapy before surgical intervention improves postoperative recovery due to increased strength and stability in the area of concern (Learn more here). Additionally, physical therapy is one of the best tools to use postoperatively to help you fully return to functional and recreational activities.

How do I start physical therapy?

All you need to do is call! Our office members are always available to answer any questions you may have about physical therapy, and our therapists are willing to speak with you before you decide to schedule! Florida is a direct access state, so no referral is required for 30 days.

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Megan LivingstonPTA, AIB-VRC

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