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Do I Need Physical Therapy? Five Signs to Learn the Answer

Do I need physical therapy? Twin Boro

Do I need physical therapy? Ask these five questions to help you determine the answer.

Physical therapy isn’t only for individuals who are recovering from a serious injury. It’s beneficial for those in their youth, those in their golden years and everyone in between. In fact, with lower back pain on the rise, physical therapy has become a top choice for those needing back pain relief over surgery or potentially addictive pain medication. But, physical therapy isn’t just for back pain. Many patients seek physical therapy treatment for arthritis, work-related injuries, sports injuries, post-operative care and much more.

Physical therapy can help you decrease the severity of injury or illness related impairments and related activity limitations. If you’re curious of your need for physical therapy, ask yourself these five questions to help you determine the answer.

Five Questions to Help You Determine If You Need Physical Therapy

1. Do I Need Pain Relief?

In many cases, dull pain can be addressed with at-home treatments like rest and ice. However, if you have consistent pain that does not subside after a few days, it is time to seek out physical therapy in New Jersey. It’s important to minimize the pain as quickly as possible to lower the risk of further injury and begin the road to recovery. 

2. Do I Want to Avoid Surgery or Improve the Outcome from Surgery?

In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be just as effective (if not more) than surgery to address a number of conditions, such as osteoarthritis, meniscal tears and rotator cuff tears. Understandably, surgery is sometimes unavoidable. In those cases, pre-surgical physical therapy has been demonstrated to help accelerate the post-surgical recovery process and provide a better outcome than for those who did not have presurgical physical therapy. 

3. Do I Need Injury Prevention?

It’s safe to assume most patients have never been to physical therapy unless it was due to an injury. But physical therapy is an important form of preventative care. Whether you’re looking for a competitive sports advantage or need to work on your posture.  Proper posture can decrease the risk of abnormal developmental disorders. Risk of work-related injuries can also be lowered when a qualified physical therapist evaluates the workers ability to perform work tasks. 

4. Do I Want to Manage Aging?

As we age, we loss muscle mass and bone density, increasing the risk of injury and illness.  For example, balance can be an issue increasing the risk for falls and serious injury. Physical therapy can help aging adults learn how to make lifestyle modifications (like walking up and down stairs safely), improve mobility and implement strength exercises to prevent injury and increase quality of life.  

5. Do I Need Help Controlling a Condition?

Physical therapists may be best known for helping patients decrease pain levels or regain mobility after surgery, but it extends beyond that. Physical therapy can be beneficial for those who need arthritis rehabilitation, geriatric rehab, hand therapy, neurological rehabilitation, TMJ, spinal orthopaedic rehab, vestibular rehabilitation and much more.

Physical therapists can also work with individuals to help prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-focused programs that result in healthier and more active lifestyles.

Twin Boro Physical Therapy in NJ

If you are still confused about whether you need to start physical therapy or not, give us a call. The therapists at Twin Boro will be able to guide you in the right direction.

If you are having difficulty with movement or completing day-to-day tasks due to pain, decreased range of motion or lack of strength, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist. Visit one of our physical therapy clinics in NJ to learn more about how physical therapy can help you. With 27 locations throughout New Jersey, we make it easy to find convenient, effective physical therapy options. Simply search for your closest location using your zip code. The team at Twin Boro Physical Therapy look forward to helping you get healthy and guiding you down the road to recovery. 

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