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6 Myths Surrounding Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a vital part of the rehabilitation process for many people. It can help speed up recovery, improve movement and function and reduce pain.

Physical therapy can also aid patients in preventing further injuries or exacerbating existing issues. Despite its many benefits, physical therapy is often misunderstood. In this blog post, we will dispel six common myths surrounding physical therapy.

Physical therapy is painful. 

While it is true that physical therapy can involve some discomfort, this is usually due to the therapist working to stretch or release tight muscles and tissues. The pain should be short-lived and manageable. If you are experiencing pain that is severe or lasts for an extended period of time, be sure to tell your physical therapist.

I must be injured to participate in physical therapy. 

One of the most common misconceptions about physical therapy is that it is only for people who have been injured. Though PTs often treat patients recovering from strokes, fractures, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, amputations and sports injuries, they can help people of all ages and levels of activity prevent injuries, improve movement and function and manage pain. 

Physical therapy is costly.

The costs of physical therapy can vary depending on the type of therapy required, the number of sessions needed, and the location of the treatment. In general, however, the costs of physical therapy fall into three main categories: the costs of therapy services, the costs of medical supplies, and the costs of travel. 

Therapy services can range from a few dollars per session to several hundred dollars per session, depending on the therapist’s experience and training, with most insurance plans covering at least a portion of the cost. Medical supplies, such as heat lamps and massage oils, can also add to the costs of physical therapy. Finally, travel costs can be significant if the therapist needs to travel to meet with patients. 

Surgery and/or medication are more efficient options. 

There are several reasons why physical therapy is often a better treatment option than surgery or medication. First, physical therapy is less invasive than surgery and carries fewer risks.

Second, physical therapy can be customized to each individual patient, whereas medication is a one-size-fits-all approach. Third, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

And finally, physical therapy is often more affordable than surgery or medication and can help you avoid the cost and risks associated with those interventions. When it comes to your health, physical therapy should always be your first choice.

All health care providers can offer physical therapy. 

Based in science, physical therapy is a distinct form of care that is provided by physical therapists. Physical therapists are highly trained professionals who may earn up to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. In order to practice physical therapy, physical therapists must be licensed in the state where they practice. 

I can’t visit a physical therapist without a recommendation or referral. 

While it is true that many insurance plans require a referral from a doctor before they will cover physical therapy, you do not need a referral in order to see a physical therapist. In most states, you have direct access to physical therapy services, which means you can make an appointment with a physical therapist without first seeing a doctor. 

Cass County Medical Care Facility has therapy available seven days a week, including home visits in preparation for discharge. Contact us today at 269-445-3801 with your physical therapy needs.