5 Debunked Physical Therapy Myths

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If you’re looking into physical therapy for the first time, you could be met with confusing information. From insurance coverage to typical services, conflicting “old wives” tales can leave a client feeling overwhelmed. It’s important to differentiate truth from fiction when your health is at stake. Here, are five myths that we’ve debunked for you:

1. Physical therapy will hurt
The practice is all about working to lessen the pain felt by patients. While minimal soreness may be a result from the exercises performed, physical therapists will work with a patient to determine his or her threshold for pain. Whether it is a long-term or chronic injury, therapists help patients gain back valuable movement and function in the affected area.

2. Physical therapy is for only sports injuries
Physical therapy is often thought to be just for sporting accidents. While sports-related injuries make up a fair amount of physical therapy clients, the treatment can be used for a wide variety of ailments. Common aches and pains can be lessened after spending time with a therapist, who works with a patient to create a regimen of helpful exercises. Although certain specialties deal with specific conditions or age groups, physical therapists can help monitor injuries of people of all ages.

3. Physical therapy is expensive
While the price associated with physical therapy can be costly, many insurance providers cover some part of the treatment. Whether it’s partial or full coverage, insurance helps make therapy less expensive for patients. In addition, with the added function and mobility that comes from physical therapy, other medical costs, including scans and X-rays, can be minimized, according to Move Forward, a website of the American Physical Therapy Association.

4. Physical therapists alone can cure your injury
The treatment needs to be collaborative with therapists if patients want their pain to diminish or go away completely. Physical therapy tends to have the best results when therapists and clients work together to find a manageable plan and common goals that works for both parties, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. Without dedication to betterment on both ends, the level of success of a patient’s physical therapy can be less than expected.

5. Muscle massages will always be relaxing
If a physical therapist tells you he or she is going to perform a massage on the area of your injury, it could be a little different from what you expect. This kind of work aims to alleviate the tightness or inflammation of a muscle. You might feel a bit of soreness as the muscle starts to more easily contract, but a physical therapist’s massage can be the opposite of what you receive at a regular spa.

There are many rumors floating around that pertain to physical therapy. The idea of the treatment can be a little scary, and even more so when patients rely on misinformation. By proving these myths wrong, you can feel more relief from your pain


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