How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?

Physical therapist Rich Green addresses the question in the Des Moines Register:

If you’ve just started running or maybe have been working in your garden for the first time this season, it’s common to experience mild pain or discomfort and it’s generally safe to push through it, Green said. However, if the pain is severe or doesn’t subside after a week or so, you may want to consult a physical therapist.

“Some people think physical therapy is only for older people or only for those recovering from surgery or a major injury,” Green said. “But people of all ages and abilities can benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy can be helpful and empowering to help almost anyone recover from pain or injuries and learn how to avoid re-injuring themselves in the future.”

Your physical therapist will interview you and perform a physical exam. He or she will then discuss with you what is causing your pain, whether PT is an appropriate treatment for your condition, how long you should expect treatment to take, and how much it will cost, Green said. If your therapist determines PT could be beneficial for you, he or she will likely do some hands-on manual therapy and also prescribe some exercises to help stretch or strengthen your problem area.