So you know you’ve injured yourself. You’ve got the pain or the swelling to prove it. But with so many varieties of physicians, specialists and therapists from which to choose, how are you to know when is the right time to involve a physical therapist?
Take a look at some of the following common pain points and whether they necessitate a visit to a physical therapist.
Immediately after an injury, it’s often best to do what your body is demanding of you: rest. Take a few days off from normal activities, apply ice, and give the injury some time to heal. However, if its been three or four days, and returning to normal activity is still causing you to wince, it may be time to visit a physical therapist. They can figure out the source of the pain and prescribe a plan of action.
Whatever the reason for it, sometimes your body’s mobility is limited. It can be caused by injury, disease or even simply aging. When it comes to reinvigorating your lost mobility and range of motion, often the best person to see is a physical therapist, as this type of health professional is trained to evaluate and treat matters of movement and flexibility.
Is your posture suffering? When it comes to sitting for great lengths of the day, you might notice your shoulders hunching over and giving you back pain related to the way you sit up (or don’t). If you’re looking to improve this, a physical therapist may be your first step. He or she can work with your body mechanics to determine the best ways to build up your balance and sitting habits.
When you’re out on the field or at work exerting yourself, you’re bound to encounter a pull, sprain or strain now and again. However, if you’re finding yourself experiencing the same pain over and over again, it may be time to call in the professionals. The best plan when you’re experiencing a moderate to severe level of pain due to a recurring injury is to see a physical therapist. He or she can work with you to determine exactly how you continue to injure yourself, as well as how to avoid pain in the future.
Know your needs
The most important thing to remember is that, if you have pain, address it. Even if you’re unsure to whom you should speak, make sure you’re seen in a timely manner to avoid worsening injury. We’re here to help.