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Top 3 Reasons People Get Physical Therapy

Posted by Renew Physical Therapy Portland on Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Top 3 Reasons to Get Physical Therapy

With direct access to physical therapy, many of us now have the ability to see a PT without a prescription or referral, but how do you know when to see a physical therapist? While physical therapy is often recommended for pre-operative and post-operative treatment, these are not the only conditions for which physical therapy is recommended. They are not even the most common. Here are three more common reasons why people get Physical Therapy.

1. Reduce or Eliminate Pain

20 percent of U.S. adults have chronic pain; that is approximately 50 million individuals. Physical therapy tackles the physical side of inflammation, stiffness, and soreness. Physical therapy can also encourage the body to be more effective during the healing process. While there is no steadfast cure for chronic pain, at Renew Physical Therapy, we truly believe we can help most people suffering from chronic pain achieve more manageable pain levels and thus, a better quality of life.

2. Alternative to Surgery

In many cases, physical therapy can be chosen as an alternative to surgery. Specifically, studies have shown that physical therapy can be just as effective as surgery when it comes to treating lumbar spinal stenosis. According to Harvard Medical School, “…physical therapy works just as well, and comes with fewer unwanted complications.” The most common symptom of lumbar spinal stenosis is lower back pain.

3. Improve Mobility

There are certain symptoms that should never be ignored, even if they seem small or insignificant. While it may be easy to dismiss a stiff neck, sore back or knee pain as a natural part of aging, these symptoms indicate that you are experiencing reduced mobility. Another part of your anatomy must now step in to compensate for the lack of mobility. This puts unnatural stress on the compensating body part. Left unchecked, your stiff neck, sore back, or mild knee pain could turn into something much bigger. Your physical therapist is an expert in body mechanics and can address mobility issues before they become a chronic issue.

Renew Physical Therapy is Located in SE Portland

Renew Physical Therapy is an independent manual physical therapy clinic in SE Portland that was established in December 2015 by Michael and Heidi Cantwell. Our facility features three private treatment rooms and an open gym area to treat all our patients’ needs, including neck and back pain. You can find us at 11010 SE Division Street, Suite 301, Portland, OR 97266.

Visit our About Us page to learn more about our practice, clinic, and staff. Call us at 503.928.4914 to schedule an appointment.


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