Synergy PT Sports Medicine February 2018

THE SPECTATOR

FEB. 2018

Bridging Fitness and Physical Therapy How Synergy Helps You Crush Your Fitness Goals

R ight around the middle of Year’s resolutions. They give up, they forget, or they simply don’t have time to keep up with their goals. When it comes to losing weight, getting in shape, or exercising, people often give up because they sustain an injury early in their new routine. As people set their resolutions and goals for the year, they often find themselves at the gym for the first time in months, if not years. There isn’t always a qualified trainer around to help them get started, guide them, or help them stay safe. That’s when people get hurt. From jogging on the treadmill to lifting weights, there are countless ways people can injure themselves. Then later, when they feel sore and achy, they stop going to the gym. This is where a physical therapist comes in. Through a complimentary injury screening by a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer, you can find the right course of action for achieving your fitness goals. To take this a step further, if you have a gym membership for a local gym and you want to ensure you stay safely on track, we’ll gladly speak to your trainer February is when most people stop working on their New

on your behalf. Together we can work to discuss modifications in your exercise routine to safely guide you toward your fitness goals. Alternatively, you can take advantage of Synergy’s own fitness programs. Since we opened our doors, we’ve received a lot of feedback from patients and community members. They enjoy having everything under one roof, so to speak. We try to have something for everyone, from our tai chi classes (which have a limited availability within the community) to our personal or group fitness programs. Another great way to stay on target with your fitness goals and address any pain, injury, or weakness, is to make use of direct access. We’ve mentioned direct access in the past, and it’s something a lot of people can utilize. But not a lot of people realize they can. Direct access has been a part of North Carolina law since the mid-1980s. The law lets you see a physical therapist without a physician’s referral. But sometimes, we are bound by a patient’s insurance. There may be fine print that requires you to get a referral before they reimburse you for PT care. In many cases, direct access saves people a lot of time and money, and it may even get you to a solution faster.

You can skip making an appointment with your primary care physician who may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for further consult or prescribe medications, depending on the situation. Instead, you can schedule directly with your PT. If you’re trying to get back into the rhythm of good physical fitness and find yourself struggling, you can use direct access to come in and take care of the problem — whether it’s an

ache, a pain, or you just need a fitness program that is more your speed. We’re here to help.

Kira Boyd

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