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Physical Therapy Benefits

If you have recently had an injury related to work, a fall, sports, or an accident, or have been hospitalized for a heart related condition, you may be wondering if and how therapy can help you. While many states require a physician's referral in order to see a licensed physical therapist, others do not, but it is a requirement of a number of insurance carriers. However, while your doctor may recommend a physical therapist or a PT center for your treatment, it is always important to keep in mind that the physical therapist that you see is always your choice first.

When do you need a physical therapy ?

The response to that question depends on the understanding of what PT is and the many types of PT available. Physical therapists help patients exercise certain muscles and joints in order to aid in healing and strengthen the body to resist further injury. Your doctor or surgeon will be the first person to talk to when deciding whether or not you need PT.

In deciding whether or not you actually need to see a physical therapist, your first line of recourse will always be your doctor or general practitioner. If you have recently been treated for an accident or condition, they may recommend PT to you in your recovery.

When do people go to physical therapists? There are a number of reasons, but the most common injuries that need PT are back pain, knee surgeries, resistant ligament or tendon injuries, along with broken bones and shoulder and neck pain that is recurring. There is also a form of maternal PT that is designed to help women with pregnancy and after childbirth. The elderly are also frequently referred to a physical therapist after a stroke or heart attack, and PT can help these individuals make use of certain body parts that are injured by these traumatic events. The types of therapy are centered around different age groups and specific needs. One division of therapy that deals with bone related injuries is orthopedic PT. These physical therapists are also a first line of recourse for a number of sports injuries. You can check this site as an example:

Other types of PT include geriatric and pediatric PT. Physical therapists who specialize in geriatrics help older people with common problems that are associated with age, while a pediatric physical therapist helps children who have been injured or have debilitating conditions. One other type of PT revolves around brain injuries and also helps those who have had a stroke along with children with certain types of disorders and developmental disabilities.


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