5 Physical Therapy Myths Debunked

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Physical therapy is a way to treat and rehabilitate patients who have trouble with mobility due to an injury, neurological condition, or age. If your doctor recommends physical therapy for you, you may struggle to find the right information due to myths. Here are common physical therapy myths:

Myth: You need a referral to see a physical therapist

Fact: While your doctor may recommend that you see a physical therapist, you don't need a referral to see one. In fact, every state allows you to see a physical therapist for an evaluation without the need for a doctor's referral. Depending on the state, a referral may be necessary for some forms of treatment.

Myth: Physical therapy only involves exercises you can do on your own

Fact: Stretching and exercises are just some of the components of physical therapy. You can certainly do these activities on your own, but without the guidance of a physical therapist, you won't know if you're doing them correctly. There are certain services a physical therapist provides that you can't do. Here are some of these services:

  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Massage
  • Mobilization and pressure application

Myth: Physical therapy is painful and difficult

Fact: Physical therapy shouldn't be painful. This myth likely started from the portrayal of physical therapy in movies where characters grimace and moan with pain during their therapy. Your physical therapist will tailor your therapy specifically to you and will work with you at your own pace. If therapy feels painful or difficult, let your therapist know right away.

Myth: Physical therapy doesn't treat chronic conditions

Fact: Physical therapists don't just treat people who've had injuries or strokes. Physical therapy can treat many conditions, including chronic ones. Here is a brief list of conditions a physical therapist can treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Parkinson's disease

There are many more conditions not listed here, so call a physical therapist for an evaluation to see if your condition will benefit from therapy.

Myth: Physical therapy isn't flexible

Fact: Physical therapy is one of the most flexible treatments you can possibly have for a health condition that would benefit from therapy. Many physical therapists have flexible schedules and will work with you based on your needs. If you don't want to go to their office, many therapists provide in-home services. Also, your physical therapist may change the type and frequency of your therapy based on their continuing evaluation of your progress.

There are myths about physical therapy, but once you have the right information, you can decide if therapy is right for you. Contact a physical therapist like Annapolis Family Physical Therapy today for more information.


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