We’ve heard there’s been some rumors going around about physical therapy. Well, Stephanie, from our PT department, is here to put the gossip to rest. Here is the most common PT myths, unmasked:
- “Pt will hurt too much.” : The old saying “no pain, no gain” is not our philosophy. Certainly, there are conditions (especially) after surgery that will allow stretching a joint that may be painful. Physical therapists do not want to cause increased pain. If you experience discomfort from the exercises, that may be your muscles reacting to new strength gains (which is a good thing)!
- “I can’t start PT until I have an x-ray (or MRI)” : Diagnostic imaging such as x-ray and MRI are wonderful tools to help diagnose serious conditions such as fractures & tumors. Physical therapists are trained to screen for conditions like this, address the deficits of tightness and weakness & muscle imbalance. It is indeed safe to start PT before any imaging is done.
- “I can do the exercises at home.” : You will often be assigned home exercises for your specific condition that will help healing, but PT is not just about doing exercises. It is about have the correct exercises & doing them the right way. It takes a therapist’s skill to know where your body is compensating & how to progress each exercise.
- “I thought the pain would just go away.” : Pain symptoms often start before progressing to a bigger injury. Your body is trying to tell you something & it is possible that the pain is related to poor mechanics or posture. As soon as you notice a decline in mobility & function, that is the best time to get the issue diagnosed & corrected. Your physical therapist will work with you to design a plan to help with movement & posture.