NEWSLETTER SEE YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST TO NIP POTENTIAL INJURIES IN THE BUD Start The New Year Off Right!
You probably already know to make an appointment with a physical therapist when you sprain your ankle or develop tennis elbow. But what if you’ve felt a slight twinge in your knee during your daily walk or noticed that your posture has changed since you accepted a job that requires sitting for eight hours a day? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about joining a gym to get in shape. Are these reasons to see a physical therapist? Yes! Physical therapists are experts in injury prevention and are trained to spot small problems before they become big problems. When caught early, injuries—or the very beginning signs of an injury—are easier to treat and the recovery period is shorter, less expensive and less of a burden on everyday life. Here are a few things to look out for:
• Joint pain • Tenderness • Swelling • Reduced range of motion • Weakness • Numbness or tingling • Balance issues
If you’re experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to rule out a potential problem or to nip one in the bud before it becomes more serious. Your PT can design an injury prevention exercise program to suit your specific needs and ensure your healthy participation in sports, recreational activities and everyday life.
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