As a PT, I often hear people saying they really don't know what physical therapy does, what kind of treatment or techniques a PT use and often even question why their doctor sent them for PT treatments.
To be honest, I think the physical therapy profession has been lackluster in promoting its benefits, at educating the population in regards to when seeking advice from a PT and at marketing themselves as movement specialists and as who should be the primary provider for musculoskeletal problem. For too long we have been considered an ancillary profession to the medical management of millions of patients, have been passive in being "fed" patients "by prescription only" by doctors, who many still have no clue what conditions we help with(once again, our profession fault's).
So without diverging because I could go on and on about the above, the following could help you figure out if physical therapy is something you just consider. This list of questions is far from being exhaustive.
That Chronic Elbow Pain Is fixable...You Don't Have To Live With It...And It Might Not Be Caused By What you Think It Is.
You probably have heard of Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis...and you might be suffering from it...even if you don't play tennis.
It is the number one reason to seek medical help when your elbow hurts and could have several causes.
It often occurs in the fourth decade of someone's life but truly can show up at any age.
You might have never heard of the longus colli...but weakness in that rather small strip of muscle tissue deep in the front of your neck could be causing your chronic neck pain...
Pierre-Yves Butheau, MPT, CMP has been a physiotherapist for 19 years and has a passion for helping people move better, return from and prevent injuries, as well as improve their function and quality of life. He has a strong interest in addressing the root cause of and treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions while educating his patients with the knowledge to manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Pierre also has a niche in treating Bell's palsy and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.