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Believing in the Process: Why PT Can Help Write Your Success Story

Devin Peck, D. P. T.

Every year, many people throughout our country are prescribed physical therapy for various reasons and wonder,

“what is physical therapy?”

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. They teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits.

Physical therapists can be found in a variety of different settings including outpatient (clinics), inpatient (hospital), skilled nursing facilities, schools, workplaces, and even in people’s homes. The realm of physical therapy is very broad - from helping your loved one achieve sitting at the edge of bed and standing with the proper balance all the way to having a high school athlete successfully returning to play after a major surgery.

Physical therapists use different hands on techniques along with exercises and activities to improve one’s performance, always trying to achieve one overarching goal, which is to return that patient to the desired level of function.

Another question that people often ask is “what is the difference between seeing a chiropractor and a physical therapist?”

When you compare the two disciplines side by side, there is some overlap with each other. Most practitioners and patients may see this overlap as a potential problem or may view it as a negative. At Legacy Medical Centers, we view this overlap as a positive because it allows our practitioners to work together as a team to address the patient’s needs and return them to his/her full potential.

While physical therapy can utilize manual techniques like chiropractors, we also can focus on prescribing various exercises and activities that are targeted at achieving the optimal mobility and stability throughout each region of the body.

Wework as a team with a patient, devoting more time and resources to the patient. By using the manual techniques of both the physical therapist and chiropractor along with the focused therapeutic program in PT, we have been able to meet our patient’s goals more effectively while providing a totally individualized and unique experience.

Why should I attend physical therapy?

This is a common question. Patients that are prescribed physical therapy or seeking physical therapy for an existing injury find themselves asking, “Why should I go see a physical therapist?” It’s important to be curious about your health and the care you receive.  This is an important question be asking when referred to any healthcare specialty.

Physical therapy at Legacy Medical Centers provides important personal guidance from a physical therapist, which is a movement and function specialist with a doctoral degree. They have extensive education on the body’s structure and function along with the ability to differentiate musculoskeletal pain and pain from organs and other structures.

Also, you will not only receive 1:1 care for your injury or disorder, but you will be educated on the problem and the different ways it can be remedied. In traditional medicine, conditions are usually treated with a specific medication or process. PTs treat the individual rather than the condition because “one-size does not fit all” when it comes to the human body. Through a variety of exercises and techniques, treatments are completely customized to the patient’s needs and weaknesses. Physical therapy allows the patient to learn about their condition and become active and instrumental in their recovery, which is a powerful indicator of overall success.

How will I know when I am ready to go back to my daily routine?

Physical therapists work closely with doctors, developing certain protocols and guidelines to ensure that patients progress though injury processes safely. At Legacy Medical Centers, we use the most up-to-date protocols in our field along with ensuring a challenging environment, which will prepare you for a full confident return to your daily routine. Whether you need to return to a sport, work, or activity, we strive to develop for each patient an individualized program so that they will achieve their goals and reach their desired outcome.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and speak with our staff, we would love to hear from you!