Physical Therapy improves lives because patients regain their abilities. It also helps alleviate pain. Physical therapists across America have a similar, unified goal…to help you feel better. However, that is putting it simple. Physical Therapy is an interesting branch of medical science.
Here are 5 Things No One Tells You About Physical Therapy:
- History: Physical Therapy has a rich history. Many believe Physical Therapy has roots in ancient Greece. Due to the national polio epidemic in the 40s and 50s, the need for physical therapists skyrocketed. World War II also created a demand for skilled physical therapists.
- Collaboration: In 1921, physical therapists created their first association. It was originally named the “American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association.” Then in 1922, the association changed their name to the “American Physiotherapy Association (APA)” and men were allowed to join.
- Treatment: Physical therapy is not only for injuries! It can help children with sensory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, post-op, burn patients, recovering addicts, asthma, and more. Of course, physical therapy is highly recommended for sports injuries and accidents. Physical therapists work with injuries like fractures and sprains. They also work with patients that have arthritis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological challenges.
- Savings: Did you know that Physical Therapy is affordable medical treatment? On average, patients spend less money compared to other treatments, like surgery.
- What’s it like to be a physical therapist? While there is variation, physical therapists develop care plans for patients and diagnose their ailments. They use hands-on methods to help patients with their mobility, pain, and to prevent future injury. Some of the techniques used are stretches, exercises, and specialized equipment. Physical therapists also educate patients and their loved ones about the recovery process, how to be safe, and what kinds of things to work on at home.
Physical therapists joined this field to help individuals live healthy, active, fulfilling lives. At TLC, we are especially passionate about helping other live pain free. Set an appointment today by calling 219-707-5470.