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What Do You Know About Physical Therapy?

What do you know about physical therapy?

If you are struggling with an injury or condition that is making it hard for you to perform daily activities, your physician may suggest physical therapy.  

The ultimate goal of physical therapy at Healthy Consumer PT is to ease pain and improve your quality of life by giving patients direct, one-on-one care with a licensed doctor of physical therapy. We use modalities like neurologic and muscular re-education exercises, manual therapy, and home exercise programs designed for each individual patient that we see.

Here are several facts about physical therapy you may not know:

There are different types of physical therapy.

Physical therapy doesn’t just treat joints or low back pain, as many patients seem to believe. Physical therapy offers specialties in different practice areas:

  •         orthopedic
  •         geriatric
  •         neurological
  •         cardiopulmonary
  •         Hypermobility

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Physical therapy helps manage age-related conditions.

Physical therapy often focuses on specific issues that emerge as we age. Fortunately, many age-related concerns can be eased- or prevented- with a comprehensive physical therapy program. PT is one of the single best healing tools when it comes to dealing with age-related conditions.

Physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts that hold advanced degrees.

Physical therapists undergo extensive graduate school training to become experts in movement and the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system involves muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and how they work together to keep you moving. Physical therapists must pass a medical board exam to get their license.

Michigan has direct access to physical therapy.

In many states now, Michigan included, you can be diagnosed and treated by a physical therapist without needing a prescription or referral from your physician. If you are in need of physical therapy in the Lansing area, you can make an appointment with our Physical Therapist directly.

Physical therapists treat a vast range of conditions.

These are some common diagnoses that physical therapists treat patients for:

  •  lower back pain
  •  rotator cuff tears
  •  ankle sprains
  •  ACL tears
  •  headaches
  •  temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  •  concussion
  •  neck pain
  •  golfer’s elbow
  •  carpal tunnel syndrome

 

Physical therapists also treat adults who have suffered a stroke, heart attack, traumatic brain injury (TBI), muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. This isn’t a comprehensive list: physical therapy addresses many more diagnoses than those listed above.

Physical therapy may help manage diabetes.

Exercise is usually an essential component of a comprehensive diabetes maintenance program. The home exercises created for our patients during PT may help to manage blood sugar levels effectively. Diabetes patients are at higher risk of developing neuropathy in their limbs from diabetic nerve damage. Our Physical Therapist near you in Lansing can offer advice and care to reduce pain effectively and increase your quality of life. Your PT can also assist you in preventing future nerve damage.

Physical therapists can help you before and after surgery.

Often post-surgical physical therapy is necessary to help patients achieve their goal levels of function and improve their quality of life. Physical therapists work collaboratively with your surgeon while enacting post-operative protocols to help patients achieve their optimal function.

An expert physical therapist can read your body like a book.

Your physical therapist likely knows more about your functional deficits than you might think. The ways in which we move our bodies tell a story about lifestyle, eating, drinking and exercise habits, the positions that you primarily sit in, and so on. The best approach to obtain goals is to be forthcoming regarding your lifestyle, previous injuries, and health. The more you say about yourself, the more your physical therapist can help you. 

 

Physical therapists are not personal trainers.

Physical therapists are board-certified and licensed professionals with years of education and experience. Your PT can motivate and push patients to reach limits and support and encourage you through the process. The level of healthcare educat

Questions are good! We encourage them!

PTs are used to being asked lots and lots of questions by patients, and we also have many questions to ask of patients to help us better evaluate each patient’s needs. We believe that questions asked by our patients have at least the same value for your therapy program. First and foremost, these discussions establish trust and positive rapport between patients and therapists; Our goal is that you should always feel well informed and at ease. We’ve found that there is an informative significance to patient questions, too. Your questions help your therapist to understand your condition and your needs better.

Setting realistic and attainable goals at the beginning of your therapy is the best way to achieve successful results in your rehabilitation.  

When setting your goals, it’s important to consider what it is that you want to accomplish through physical therapy. Your PT is your partner and advocate in making these goals a reality and seeing them through. Your therapist is there to help in re-adjusting your goals when needed.

Chris S
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Dr. Chris Sovey

Healthy Consumer PT

"We Help Adults 40+ Living With Pain, Stiffness, Or Loose Joints Get Healthy, Age Stronger, And Get Back To The Activities They Love, Even If Past Treatments Have Failed"

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