Why might I need to see a physical therapist?
According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, rehabilitation services are often required or recommended if:
- You had an accident or you have an injury or chronic condition that has left you with pain or limited function;
- You’re contemplating or recovering from surgery;
- You have an illness or treatment for an illness that has diminished your energy or ability to move easily;
- You’re recovering from the effects of a stroke or other problems related to nerve damage;
- You have chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury, or back problems;
- Excess weight makes it difficult to exercise or has caused health problems;
- You think you’re too old to exercise; or
- Life changes such as childbirth or menopause have created new challenges to your physical function.
There are several questions you may want to ask your physical therapist. Click here for a printable list.
- What is your area of expertise?
- Are you certified?
- Is your facility one-on-one?
- Where will we meet? At the facility or at my home?
- How long will I need treatment?
- What will I gain from this treatment?
- Are there any exercises that I should be doing at home in between visits?
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