Been battling a sports injury? If “the usual” treatments such as rest, ice, ibuprofen, and yoga haven’t worked, you may wonder, will physical therapy help me?
Good thinking—a physical therapist can be your greatest ally in overcoming pain or injury by helping you address imbalances in strength, flexibility and range of motion that are often the underlying cause of recurrent injury, as well as get back to full activity more quickly after surgery.
However, finding the right physical therapist for your needs takes more than a Google search. We recently came across this SELF article on how to choose a physical therapist and encourage you to read it before you book your next physical therapy appointment.
How to choose a physical therapist? Focus on training, treatment options, and trust
In the article, author Emily Abbate shares her past frustrations with physical therapy, and what she learned when she finally found a physical therapist with the training, qualification, and skill to help her overcome a back injury. She offers some fantastic tips for how to choose a physical therapist to ensure your time and money is well spent. A few are worth restating:
- Look to your doctor (not Google) for a recommendation. Some providers call themselves “sports therapists” and offer physical therapy services without appropriate training. Your doctor will refer you to a licensed, experienced physical therapist whom they trust to treat their patients.
- Choose a PT who’s experienced with multiple treatment modalities. This may include ultrasound, myofascial release, gait analysis, and other non-surgical treatments in addition to strength and flexibility work. Every patient responds differently, so the more treatment options a provider offers, the better they can tune treatment to your needs.
- Choose someone you feel comfortable with. Physical therapy is a partnership between you and your provider. You should feel 100% at ease talking to them, sharing your concerns, and trusting the treatments they provide, because frankly, sometimes physical therapy is a challenge.
Considering your options for physical therapy in Asheville? We can help.
Our Asheville physical therapy team has decades of experience helping patients of all ages and walks of life overcome pain and injury and come back stronger as a result. Using the latest, proven treatment options, they take the time to communicate with you and your doctor to understand your injury and offer the right treatments to get you back to your desired level of activity. To make an appointment or learn more, please contact us today!