4 Myths about Physical Therapy

4 Myths about Physical Therapy

We have experienced the wonders physical therapy has offered mankind and how it left a positive change in our lives. Because physical therapists are basically the doctors of body movements, people of all ages have benefitted from their knowledge and abilities in improving or restoring mobility, reducing pain and helping people stay fit.

Although we have benefitted from their assistance, many still doubt to visit these therapists due to some misconceptions. Here in Cambridge Place, a provider of physical therapy services in our skilled nursing facility in Cambridge Drive Lexington KY, we clear out some false impressions about physical therapy that will surely change the way you look at it.

So it is now time to demystify 4 myths you have thought about physical therapy:

Myth #1: One cannot avail the service of physical therapists if they do not have a referral.

Fact: There has been a survey conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association or the APTA that exposed 7 out of 10 individuals think that they should be referred first before enjoying a session from a professional physical therapists. Although it is true that doctors can refer you to a physical therapist, it truly is a myth when you say the referral is compulsory. All 50 states, including the District of Columbia (DC), can avail for the service of physical therapists if they wanted to. There are some restrictions as to the treatment itself and some treatment may require a referral from your physician.

Myth #2: Physical therapy is excruciating.

Fact: We do not know how this myth came to existence for physical therapist, rather than make you feel more pain, work to minimize these aches and discomforts. They can even help eliminate chronic and/or long-term pain. You have got to give them credit for that! They do not go beyond what level of pain you cannot tolerate and instead, facilitate on how your body can cope up with this pain to help you repair and bring back your mobility and function. It is found out that most of the people who thought of this myth have not even visited the physical therapist yet. The good news is that this number is dropping off amongst patients who have gone to their physical therapists in the previous year.

Myth#3: You can only enjoy physical therapy if you have been injured or have been in an accident.

Fact: Physical therapy is not only limited to patients who have had injuries, accidents or even surgeries. They can do more than that! They have been trained and prepared to assess and spot possible problems before they turn into more serious or yet disabling conditions. They can spot discomforts like:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Chronic headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Scoliosis

Myth #4: Any health care practitioner can execute physical therapy.

Fact: Majority of the patients of physical therapists already have the knowledge that only a licensed physical therapist can perform physical therapy. But 37% still think that the job can be done by any health care practitioner. This is completely false for in order to administer physical therapy, one has to be a practiced physical therapist and that he or she must have the license and certificate to do so.

Now that we have debunked these myths, we hope that you may be confident in visiting your physical therapist now. As a giver of physical therapy treatment to our beloved seniors here in our skilled nursing facility in Cambridge Drive Lexington KY, it pains us to see people who avoid receiving professional help from physical therapist themselves for the sole reason that they have heard of these myths. As you read this blog, we you get the professional therapy sessions.

For more discussions about myths on health care and to enjoy our skilled nursing facility in Cambridge Drive Lexington KY, you can visit Cambridge Place’s website at www.cambridgepl.com.

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