Set up an appointment to see the doctor, wait a few weeks, see doctor, get referred to physical therapy, wait another few weeks, THEN see a PT.
Wouldn’t it be easier to just get straight in to see your physical therapist?
Many are unaware that instead of going straight to the doctor for an injury, you can go straight to a physical therapist first.
Not only will you cut out the waiting period, but often, physical therapy is used as a means of conservative treatment before other options are explored. Instead of immediately turning to prescription drugs or invasive surgery for treatment, your physical therapist can trial more conservative modalities, hands on work, and strengthening exercises to help lead you towards health and healing.
Here are just a couple of reasons why physical therapists should be the first step:
• Weight training and bone health with osteoporosis/osteopenia
• Physical therapy during cancer treatment
• Pre-surgical rehabilitation
• Avoiding surgery: Strengthening of supporting muscles may help to avoid going under the knife.