APPRECIATING PHYSICAL THERAPY IN OCTOBER
Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy month? That’s right, an entire month dedicated to educating people about the benefits of Physical Therapy—and it couldn’t come at a better time. Winter is one of the most trying times of the year for people struggling with chronic pain. Add the risk of falling due to icy conditions to the cold weather that aggravates even the mildest arthritis issue and you’ll find a huge increase of people who would benefit from pain management and support. Take the time this month to start figuring out the most important things you need to know about the benefits and perks of physical therapy. Here are a few bits of information to help kick off your focus this month: • Physical therapy is most beneficial when used before an issue becomes
• Muscle aches and joint pain tend to grow worse over time.The longer you let your pain go untreated, the more severe the pain is likely to become and the more difficult the pain will be to treat.The best thing that you can do is seek treatment as immediately following the development of your pain as possible. Physical therapy can have a huge impact on alleviating pain from muscle and joint aches, but the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be. • Chronic pain, especially back pain, is incredibly common in the United States—surprisingly so. More than 100 million Americans over the age of 18 struggle with back pain. As a result, Americans spend more than $50 billion dollars on back pain relief every single year. A lot of this goes to pain medication, which masks the pain without addressing the issue—meaning the pain always comes back. About 30% of adults over 18 struggle with back pain, and that number is even higher for those who are over 65. Physical therapy is the best strategy to overcome back pain and is helpful at all ages. Your physical therapist will tailor therapy methods to your needs, helping you achieve the best results possible.
chronic. So many people wait until they’ve been dealing with pain for an elongated period before seekingsupport fromaphysical therapist.But there is no reason to wait! Physical therapy can have the biggest impact if used shortly after your initial injury. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to heal.
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