Nearly 2 million people receive physical therapy every day, a number that’s likely to increase as the population ages. For many, it can be overwhelming and intimidating. We talked to three experts about what to expect, the keys to getting better, and how to avoid PT in the first place.
When is physical therapy necessary?
“Most little aches and pains work themselves out in a day or two,” said Dr. David Aiken, manager for Carolinas Rehabilitation’s Monroe and Ballantyne sites. “If within a week or so it hasn’t resolved on its own or begins to affect your functionality, you should seek treatment.”
Erin Ball, a physical therapist and manager of Rehab Services at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, said many people make the mistake of waiting to seek treatment, hoping the pain will go away. “The trouble is that certain injuries get worse with time. An easy fix now could be a very complicated fix down the road.”
What if I’m not getting better?
An important part of PT is continually reassessing a patient’s progress, Ball said. “At every appointment, we ask what’s working and what isn’t. This open dialogue provides an opportunity for therapist and patient to go back to the drawing board if necessary. By using a patient’s feedback, you can always adjust to make sure you’re on the right path.”
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