7 Myths about Physical Therapy

7 Myths about Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are considered experts in the area of movement, who specialize in decreasing pain, improving mobility, and helping people stay active.  However, there are common misconceptions about physical therapy which often keep people from seeking treatment.

Here are 7 myths about physical therapy, as well as the actual truth related to each.  For the full article, go to https://www.choosept.com/Resources/Detail/7-myths-about-physical-therapy

Myth 1: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.

Fact: A survey performed recently by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) showed that 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required to be evaluated by a PT.  However, this is no longer the case.  Different states can have different restrictions, but Colorado is, fortunately, one of many states that now allow unrestricted access to physical therapy without a referral.  We do recommend checking with your insurance provider, though, as some insurances may require a referral to cover treatments.

Myth 2: Physical therapy is painful.

Fact: The goal with physical therapy is to decrease pain.  Especially at Hope Physical Therapy, we work with you to promote healing, restore movement, and improve function.  

Myth 3: Physical therapy is only for people who have been injured or in accidents.

Fact: Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and diagnose many types of pathologies, not just those due to injuries or accidents.  PTs can even evaluate you for potential problems before they become serious issues.  We treat a wide range of diagnoses including chronic low back pain, neck pain and headaches, and even sports injuries.

Myth 4: Any healthcare professional can perform physical therapy.

Fact: 37% of consumers believe that other healthcare professionals can administer physical therapy, but physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist.  That is because physical therapists can do so much more than “just” prescribe stretches and exercises.  Many physical therapists also pursue board certification in specific areas.  We have two Board Certified Specialists in Orthopedic Physical Therapy right here at Hope Physical Therapy and Wellness!

Myth 5: Physical therapy is not covered by insurance.

Fact: Many insurance policies cover physical therapy to some degree.  We recommend checking with your insurance to find out what is specifically covered under your policy.  Keep in mind, that often by addressing underlying biomechanical issues, many patients can avoid unnecessary and expensive imaging scans, surgeries, or medication prescriptions.  

Myth 6: Surgery is my only option.

Fact: Oftentimes, physical therapy can be as effective as surgery at treating many different conditions.  For example, rotator cuff tears, degenerative disk disease, meniscal tears, and knee OA are some pathologies that have been shown to respond very well to physical therapy treatment.  In a study of people who have recently seen a physical therapist, 79% believed PT can provide an alternative to surgery.

Myth 7: I can do physical therapy myself.

Fact: Active participation in physical therapy is crucial to your success and we applaud your enthusiasm.  However, when addressing dysfunction within the human body, having an expert to guide your rehab can be invaluable.  A licensed physical therapist can use his or her specialized education and clinical experience to synthesize the latest research to evaluate, diagnose, and create a specialized treatment plan just for you and your goals.  

At Hope Physical Therapy and Wellness, our mission is to help our patients feel their best and enjoy life to the fullest.  If you are dealing with pain or would like to be assessed to avoid injuries in the future, contact our clinic today to set up a free consultation to speak with one of our licensed physical therapists to see how we may be able to help. 719-466-6800


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