What is Physical Therapy Anyways?

After work on Friday, I got together with a few friends to unwind after a busy week, when we started talking about how our days had gone. After listening to everyone’s responses, a friend of mine asked how my day went. After talking about a few complex patient cases I had seen, they were surprised to hear that my day consisted of more than just “giving really good massages and taking people through exercises like a personal trainer”. I was shocked to hear that some of my best friends had no idea what I did for a living—and some of them even work in healthcare themselves! Then I got to thinking—maybe this is what the majority of the public thinks of Physical Therapy and what it can offer.

Well if that’s the case, I’m here to set the story straight. Physical Therapy is so much more; nowadays, a minimum educational requirement to be a PT is to graduate first with a bachelors degree (in a field of interest) followed by a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. Included in our schooling are courses in pharmacology, differential diagnosis, LOTS AND LOTS of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology (the study of movement), biomechanics, and much more. After school, we become movement experts, anatomy gurus, and pain relieving champions.

Physical therapy not only helps people after injuries or surgeries, but also can provide excellent movement screens, injury prevention screens, and even annual “check-ups” like your primary or family doctor provides. Treatments focus on improving strength, flexibility, range of motion, soft tissue mobility, balance, and overall movement while helping to reduce any symptoms a patient may experience. The list goes on beyond this, but I just wanted to give you a better glimpse into the world of Physical therapy and what it can offer you.

If you have any questions, or if some of these services sound like something you need, reach out today to schedule an appointment! Why wait? We’re here now to help and guide you on your journey to better health.