Do I Need Physical Therapy?

Many patients wonder if they need physical therapy. Physical therapy is a great thing! It can have tremendous impact on both body and mind health, as it focuses on healing and on restoring function to the body. The goal of physical therapy is to increase physical health, mobility, and strength. This can help the mind as lack of mobility and health can cause mental health challenges.

What types of issues might require physical therapy?

There are quite a few issues that may require physical therapy. These include but are not limited to:

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Neck and back pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Headaches

  • Immobility

  • Injuries sustained in an accident

  • Arthritis

  • Pre- and post-surgical care

If you think you may need PT, ask! A lot of patients ignore pain and lack of mobility and wonder if they’re overreacting or think that it’ll improve on its own. This often isn’t the case, and if symptoms are ignored then they can get worse. Don’t ignore or dismiss your symptoms.

Why can’t I just do the PT exercises on my own?

A physical therapist is a trained professional and they are highly educated in proper rehabilitation techniques. Their expertise is crucial when designing and implementing a PT plan. Patients sometimes believe that if they’ve experienced a similar injury or know someone who has that they can handle therapy on their own. This is risky as people have different types of bodies, movement patterns, life experiences habits, and needs. Even if you’ve had the same injury before, you may need a different type of therapy. Your therapist is specialized in analyzing your needs and designing the best plan for you at this time.

Will physical therapy hurt?

It can. However, many potential PT patients are already hurting from chronic pain. PT can be demanding as it’s teaching the body an entirely new way to move and an injured body can hurt. However, the benefits outweigh the pain. Chronic pain can be dramatically improved through PT. And the pain experienced in PT is often like pain experienced during any new experience, like beginning an exercise routine. It is important to remember that every person responds differently to PT and talking to your physical therapist may be helpful when confronting the fear of pain. Communication during any therapy is crucial; you must tell your PT when experiencing any pain to make sure it’s normal.

You do NOT need a doctor’s referral to utilize physical therapy services. You can make an appointment directly with Carolina Orthopedics in New Bern at 252.634.2676, and in Jacksonville at 910.353.4500. You can also contact Carolina Orthopedics toll free at 844.836.6595. We would love to work with you to achieve optimum mobility and healing.