Why Physical Therapy Should Be Part of Your Annual Check-Up
A recent survey indicated uncertainty about what a physical therapist does and how they can provide preventative care through an annual check-up. The survey showed:
• More than half of people surveyed think a physical therapist helps people following an accident or chronic illness with rehabilitation.
• One quarter of people believe that physical therapists provide guidance in helping to exercise the body.
• Only eight percent think a physical therapist work with athletes to help enhance athletic performance.
• Another eight percent believe that physical therapists help people with serious physical problems.
• A very small percentage felt that physical therapists work with doctors after a patient leaves the hospital.
Although all of the above is true about a physical therapist, they also are qualified to conduct an overall health evaluation and then design a health and training program that is tailored to the needs of each individual. This includes targeting any weaknesses to build strength in those areas and prevent future injury.
In most states, individuals now have direct access to a physical therapist. Direct access means that individuals can visit a physical therapist directly to seek a personalized health evaluation. Direct access not only saves money, but makes health care accessible to all people.