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When Preventative Physical Therapy is the Right Move

Prevention isn’t the word most often associated with physical therapy. In our line of work, most patients come to us citing pain as their major complaint, along with loss of function and movement. Likely they’re recovering from an injury or illness, rehabbing after surgery, or experiencing chronic pain. But did you know that physical therapy can actually prevent a number of problems before they become problems?

Yep, that’s right. So how can you take advantage? Treat your physical therapist like you would any other doctor and schedule a preventative visit or book an annual check-in!

Our team members are experts in all things musculoskeletal. Our PTs have doctoral degrees in physical therapy and, in many cases, are also Board-Certified Specialists, meaning we have the experience and expertise necessary to provide you with useful tips for staying healthy all year long.

Here are a few instances in which you might benefit from preventative physical therapy visits:

You’re Starting a New Fitness Regimen

Making a lifestyle change like introducing a new fitness routine into your schedule comes with innumerable benefits. But it can also be accompanied by a hiccup or two.

For example, for those who lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle (i.e. those who work jobs that require them to be seated at a desk all day), diving into a new high intensity workout (like CrossFit) without preparation often comes with aches and pains beyond the soreness regularly associated with a good workout.

Seeing your physical therapist to focus on strength and mobility before you sign up for your first class can help prepare your body to handle those rigorous workouts, so that you can avoid injury altogether when you begin.

People who already exercise regularly can also benefit. If you’re living a relatively active lifestyle but want to ramp things up to meet a new goal, like running a marathon, it’s a good idea to consult your physical therapist first. A preventative appointment can help you identify any issues that might be exacerbated by your new and improved routine.

A bonus? During your visit, your physical therapist can also help you identify ways to maximize your performance, giving you a leg up on the competition.

If you’re wanting to start working out but curious which form of exercise might be best for you given your lifestyle and your musculoskeletal build, ask! We’re happy to give you a recommendation on what might be best for you.

You’re Looking for a Tune-Up

Do you have a recurring twinge that causes the occasional discomfort but maybe hasn’t warranted a visit? Not feeling 100% but not quite sure why?

In today’s world of go-go-go, it can be easy to ignore minor tweaks and twinges because there’s just not enough time in the day to address them. We get it. But what happens when that tiny twinge turns into a big problem? Preventative care is always better than waiting for a serious problem to develop. It’s easier (and more cost effective!) to treat a minor issue now vs. a major one later.

A check-in with your physical therapist is the perfect opportunity to identify whether those minor twinges are actually major injuries lying in wait. During a preventative visit, your physical therapist can look at the problem area and address any number of concerns, including range of motion issues, postural imbalances, and weakened muscles. Then, together you can work to rectify those issues before they become more serious complications.

Though it may seem like something that can be put off, waiting can be both painful and costly. Addressing any issues now can save you from physical setbacks and costly healthcare bills down the road.

You, or a Loved One, are Aging and at Risk of Falling

According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States. In some cases, these falls lead to serious injury and can often be the catalyst for a loss of independence. But falling is not a normal part of aging, and it can often be prevented with a little strength and balance training.

Your physical therapist can design an individualized program that focuses on strengthening the core and other specific muscle groups, leading to improved endurance and standing and walking balance.

You’ve Got a Health Issue You’d Like to Get a Better Grip on

If you have a disease or chronic health issue you’re working to keep at bay, or are at risk of developing one, don’t let it keep you from living the life you want. Preventative physical therapy can help you take control of your health and lead a higher-quality life. Some examples of health issues we can help you manage include:

  • Diabetes and Vascular Conditions
  • Heart and Lung Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Disorders & Obesity

Find a Physical Therapist today!

PT Care

Fort Bend County, TX Phone:

Physical Therapy Specialists

Beverly Hills, CA Phone: (310) 273-7800

Precise Physical Therapy

Kansas City, KS Phone: (855) 745-0278

Manual Edge Physical Therapy

Colorado Springs, CO Phone: (719) 694-8342

TLC Rehab

The Villages, FL Phone:

Northwest PT

Sedro-Wooley, WA Phone: (360) 428-2700

Shea PT

Corpus Christi Phone: 361-992-1933

Advanced Physical Therapy

Wichita, KS Phone: (866) 412-5554

Strive PTSR

Moorestown, NJ Phone: (800) 903-4142

Elite Physical Therapy

Alexandria, LA Phone: 318-443-3111

Xcel Sports Medicine

Vandalia, OH Phone: 937-890-9235

Colorado in Motion

Fort Collins, CO Phone: (970) 475-8651

PTPN

Calabasas, CA Phone: (800) 766-7876

Mountain River PT

Parkersburg, WV Phone: (304) 865-6778

Preferred Physical Therapy

Kansas City, MO Phone: (866) 412-5554

HPRC

Columbus, GA
Auburn, AL
Columbia, SC
Phone: (706) 322-7762

Evidence in Motion (EIM)

San Antonio TX Phone: 888-709-7096

Fit for Work

San Antonio, TX Phone: 877-348-4975

Rehab Therapy Works

Spring Hill, FL Phone: (352) 597-8996

Lake Centre for Rehab

The Villages, FL Phone: (352) 728-6636

Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Lexington, KY Phone: (859) 264-0512

Confluent Health

Louisville, KY Phone: (502) 442-7697

Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Tallahasee, FL Phone: (850) 877-8855

ProRehab Inc

Evansville, IN
Bowling Green, KY
Phone: (866) 922-1162

ProRehab Physical Therapy

Louisville, KY Phone: (888) 591-8280

Physical Therapy Central

Oklahoma City, OK Phone: (866) 866-3893

El Paso Physical Therapy Services

El Paso, Texas Phone: (915) 581-9606

Baton Rouge Physical Therapy

Baton Rouge, LA Phone: (225) 206-5292

SporTherapy

Fort Worth, TX Phone: 888-658-8483

Redbud Physical Therapy

Tulsa, OK Phone: (866) 866-3893

Capitol Physical Therapy

Madison, WI Phone: (608) 527-0602

BreakThrough Physical Therapy

Raleigh, NC Phone: (866) 922-0012

Proactive Physical Therapy Specialists

Portland, OR Phone: 866-922-1175

RET Physical Therapy Group

Seattle, Washington Phone: 844-708-7982

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists

Austin TX
San Antonio TX
Phone: 888-658-8483

Pappas OPT Physical Therapy

Providence, RI Phone: (401) 205-3423

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