Living Life Up to Par: Physical Therapy to Prevent Pain and Injury

Feel ‘up to par’: Physical Therapy prevents pain and injury!

While physical therapy is commonly thought to address existing pain or the onset of an injury, it just may be the best kept secret to preventing pain or injury. We’re here to let this secret out, just in time for you to enjoy much-anticipated summertime activities!

Injury Prevention

 

Whether you’re an avid athlete or a weekend warrior, knowing the right way to go through the motions of your preferred activity can play a big role in injury prevention. Same concept as knowing proper lifting mechanics so as not to injury your back, a physical therapist who understands your activity of choice can assess injury risk factors and make corrections as necessary. For example…

  • Do you experience soreness in your back or shoulders after a round of golf?
  • Are your muscles tight after pulling weeds in your garden?
  • Does it take some time to recover following a run around the neighborhood?

Perhaps this is your body’s way of sending you a message. While you may experience muscle pain or soreness following activity after you’ve been dormant for a time period, you should not be experiencing it following activities that you perform on a regular basis. Reviewing your activity with a physical therapist will help them determine potential movement-related risk factors, which in turn can curb potential injury. Moreover, a physical therapist will make corrections to your movements which will help lessen risk factors later on down the road. This can include, but does not limit to…

 

Performance Improvement

 

Not only is physical therapy beneficial for injury prevention, but it’s also helpful for “healthy” individuals as well! Particularly targeted toward the athletic community looking to improve performance in a sport or activity, physical therapy can target strength, agility, flexibility, and coordination.

 

At Elite, you not only have access to excellent clinical care from our therapy staff, but our Fitness and Wellness program is also available for individual and group personal training.

 

Interested in how physical therapy can help you with your goals? Call any of our 9 locations to speak with a physical therapist—no strings attached! Should you be in need of physical therapy, we can accommodate you within 24-48 hours, no referral needed.

You Asked, We Answered!

Last month in our e-mail newsletter and on our social media platforms, we invited you to “Ask the Experts” and we’re excited to address your questions about physical therapy! Make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of the latest PT happenings, contests, and announcements here at Elite!

 

Q: What is Physical Therapy?

A: Physical Therapy is the treatment to improve mobility, relieve pain, restore physical function, and address disease or deformity.

 

Q: What can Physical Therapy treat?

A: The better question is… what can’t physical therapy treat? We can treat a wide variety of diagnoses. While PT is most commonly thought of for either back pain or sports injuries, some lesser known diagnoses can include headaches, vertigo, and TMJD/lockjaw. Click here for the full list of diagnoses we treat here at Elite!

 

Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor?

A: In most cases, no. In the state of South Carolina under “Direct Access” laws, you can be seen by a Physical Therapist for 30 days before a physician’s script is needed. But we like to get ahead by looping in your Primary Care Physician from the get-go. That way, if we need to see you past 30 days, we already have their consent to move forward!

 

Q: What if I’ve been referred to another facility?

A: As a patient, you have a choice in where you would like to attend therapy. If you want to come see us, let your physician know!

 

Q: How much does Physical Therapy cost?

A: This depends on your insurance coverage. While we accept all private and commercial insurances, we verify insurance benefits ahead of time to let you know what your financial responsibility is prior to your first appointment.

 

Q: Do I need to wait until the pain goes down to come in for treatment?

A: No! In fact, seeing a therapist in the midst of pain will help us better assess the situation and take action appropriately. Moreover, the sooner you are seen and treated, the faster and more effective your recovery will be.

FACT: Studies show that patients seen by a physical therapist within 2 weeks of onset of pain or injury have a 93% success rate.

 

Q: Can I continue working out while attending physical therapy?

A: This will all depend on what you’re being seen for and what you’re looking to do in your workout. Often, your physical therapist can make recommendations on exercises and cater your treatments to your individual goals. If maintaining an active lifestyle during physical therapy happens to be one, your physical therapist can assist you in coming up with a plan that won’t disrupt your PT progress!

 

Q: Should I get an MRI or X-ray first?

A: Your therapist can still evaluate you and see what’s going on. If they see a further underlying problem, your clinician can work with your doctor to determine if radiology would be appropriate.

 

Q: Does physical therapy hurt?

A: While the “No Pain, No Gain” mantra is often associated with physical activity, it’s not always the case with physical therapy. Depending on your diagnoses and advised treatment plan, you may deal with soreness or slight discomfort due to reactivating your muscles and joints. While this is to be expected, pain levels are monitored by your therapist throughout the course of treatment to ensure you’re not overworking your body. Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your therapist in regards to how your body is reacting will allow the therapist to better manage your treatment plan.

 

Were we able to answer your physical therapy questions? If not, shoot us a message and we’ll help you out!

In addition to Physical Therapy, we also offer Occupational Therapy, PT Home Visits, Massage Therapy, and Fitness & Wellness. Check out a full list of our services here.

Your Wait Time Will Be…

From two day shipping to grocery concierge services to being able to know in real time which traffic route is the fastest just by pulling up an app on your phone—we live in a day and age of instant gratification and convenience. Wouldn’t it be nice if healthcare worked the same way? What if, at the onset of pain, injury, or physical inconvenience, you were able to contact your healthcare provider and be seen within a week? a couple of days? a matter of a few hours? As evidenced by the growing number of urgent care facilities in the Upstate, there’s certainly a need that’s being addressed in the community. However, when you’re in need of a specialist, the process can become lengthy and in some cases, your health care should not be put on hold.

Fortunately, the state of South Carolina recognizes this sense of urgency and has Direct Access regulations in place that allow you to be seen by a physical therapist for up to 30 days, no referral needed! At Elite Integrated Therapy Centers, we make it our mission to accommodate you within 24-48 hours. During your first visit, we will evaluate the issue and create a plan to treat the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. On the back end, we will loop in your primary care physician to keep things on pace, just in case we anticipate going over that 30 day mark. Physical therapy is a great option to not only address your issues quickly, but is also cost effective in the long run. For example, a recent study found seeing a physical therapist within 14 days of onset of pain can minimize health care costs by 50%!

Curious as to what physical therapy can treat? While physical therapy is commonly thought of for back pain or athletic injuries, it can address so much more: muscle pain, joint pain, vertigo, TMJ/lock jaw, pre- & post-surgery, pain pre- & post-pregnancy, and incontinence, to name a few. Why put your healthcare on hold? Call today to speak with one of our team members at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers!