Physical Therapy News Letter May 07, 2012
|How To Get The Most From Your Physical Therapy Appointments|
An appointment with a physical therapist is an excellent step towards improved function and injury prevention. To make the best use of your time, please use the following guidelines:
|Preparing for Physical Therapy|
When you visit a physical therapist for the first time, we understand that you may not know what to expect. Here are some things to consider before you seek physical therapy:
|Physical Therapy Instead of Surgery?|
There are several conditions in which physical therapy is a good treatment option, and knee osteoarthritis is one of them. Individuals who experience knee osteoarthritis respond well to physical therapy, especially in the early stages. A well planned physical therapy program has been shown to improve the body’s ability to function by improving strength and coordination. This may reduce the need for surgery.
The President of the American Physical Therapy Association, Scott Ward, PT, PhD has said, "Physical therapy is effective and should be considered not only by patients themselves, but also the primary care doctors and orthopedists that are treating them."
Physical therapists recognize and correct abnormal movement patterns, and create a comprehensive treatment approach each patient.
This was just one example of what physical therapy can do for you. For more information on how we can help treat bones and joints (and improve wellness), please contact us. We’ll answer any questions you have about what physical therapy can do for you, and if you need to come in, we’ll see you as quickly as possible.
If you or someone you know is considering surgery, ask your physician if physical therapy is right for you. In some cases, physical therapy can indeed be a viable alternative to surgery.