Are You Missing Out On The Health Benefits Of Physical Therapy?
Injury and physical harm are commonplace in our daily lives. For instance, up to 69% of Americans experience lower back pain. Yet at least 40% of those people do not look into the physical therapy options that are available.
Even though 3 million people visit urgent care each week, there are still many people who, for whatever reason, do not go to the clinic when they know something is wrong. Is it a matter of fear, of being unwilling to admit that there is a problem? Or is it a desire to prove one’s own resilience to oneself? Either way, the price to be paid by abstaining from treatment is high, and it gets worse with age? currently, one in 10 Baby Boomers faces restricted mobility, and by 2030, six out of 10 Baby Boomers will be facing a chronic condition. To be fair, the Baby Boomers will be almost 100 by then, but the point stands. The time to seek physical therapy options is now.
So how do we know when an ailment actually merits a visit to a physical therapy specialist or not? There are a few ways of making this judgment. To put it in the broadest terms, anyone who is experiencing pain that will not go away should seek out physical therapy options. Whether it’s a dull ache that can’t be alleviated by medication or rest, or a sharp flaring pain that comes back every once in a while, this is our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. It doesn’t help to wear a stiff upper lip and act like nothing is wrong.
Another, subtler indicator that it’s time for a physical therapy consultation: if your body is experiencing changes. They might not be painful changes, but if your arm is less mobile after you exercise, or you feel a non-agonizing tension in your calf after moderate activity, it is worth getting it checked out by a physical therapist.
Nobody wins when physical therapy treatment is put off. Let us know what your experience is in the comments.