6 Facts that Might Surprise You About Physical Therapy

Posted on October 22, 2020

By: Alena Walrath, PTA

October is Physical Therapy Month so this is the perfect time to share some interesting facts about physical therapy.

  1. Physical therapy is not just for rehabilitation after surgery or an injury. Physical therapists treat many different medical conditions. For example, physical therapists are trained to treat chronic pain, headaches, balance problems, vascular conditions, weakness, neurological disorders, women’s health conditions, postural disorders, pediatric conditions, and jaw pain, among countless other conditions. Visit ChoosePT for a more extensive list of symptoms and conditions treated by physical therapists.
  2. You will find physical therapists in a variety of settings. In addition to outpatient clinics and hospitals, physical therapists can also be found in-home care, nursing homes, hospice settings, schools, educational settings, fitness and sports facilities, and job sites. So many different people benefit from physical therapy in many different settings because physical therapists are movement experts and the ability to move is essential to the quality of life.


  1. Physical therapists earn doctorate degrees. They must graduate from an accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and pass a state licensure exam to practice in the United States.


  1. Physical therapy is direct access. This means it is not necessary to get a prescription from your doctor before seeing a physical therapist. If you think you could benefit from physical therapy, give us a call.


  1. Physical therapy can help you avoid surgery and the need for medication. Depending on your diagnosis, physical therapy may be as effective as surgery. Physical therapy is also a more cost-effective option. Patients report a decrease in pain and the need for medication after completing physical therapy. If surgery is ultimately required, attending physical therapy before surgery can lead to better outcomes after surgery.


  1. You will get the best results from physical therapy when you participate in your recovery. Your physical therapist will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to help yourself and manage your symptoms. A more passive approach will prolong the time it will take for you to improve and the effects will not be as long-lasting.


How can physical therapy make a difference in your life? Contact us to schedule an appointment or consultation.