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Frequently Asked Questions

How can physical therapy help you? You might be surprised! Physical therapy isn’t just for patients with injuries or recent surgeries; it’s also for those seeking maximum health and well-being. 

Here are some common questions about physical therapy and everyday ailments that may be treated by a physical therapist. Our goal is to fix the core issue and keep it from recurring, not just temporarily stop any pain or discomfort. 

If you have a specific question on how seeing a physical therapist may help you, please call your nearest TEAM Physical Therapy office or send us an email.

What kind of education does a physical therapist have?

Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals. Prior to practicing, they must obtain a master and/or doctorate of physical therapy from an accredited education program and pass their state board exams to be licensed. They have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease, and injury pathophysiology in addition to skilled therapeutic treatment application. In addition, physical therapists attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest medical developments and treatment approaches. Many of the TEAM Physical Therapy staff have extensive hours in manual therapy, exercise perscription, dry needling, geriatric care, pediatric care, and more.

How do I know that physical therapy can help me?

Physical therapy can help anyone who is suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, recovering from surgeries, or other difficulties such as balance/walking problems, or neurological problems such as stroke and acquired brain injuries. Even people recovering from non-orthopedic surgeries (internal problems, cancer) can benefit from physical therapy by regaining strength and endurance. The realm of physical therapy is huge and encompasses the whole body and its functioning. Your physical therapist can:

  • Improve mobility and strength
  • Provide an alternative to surgery
  • Manage or eliminate pain without medication

I just had orthopedic surgery; will physical therapy help me heal faster?

Of course! Physical therapy can help reduce swelling, increase active and passive range of motion, and increase strength and endurance after orthopedic surgery. Most importantly, attending physical therapy increases the functioning of the involved muscles, bones, and other soft tissues much more quickly and effectively than just “staying at home” after surgery. We recommend that you discuss this with your doctor before seeking physical therapy.

What can physical therapy do to help me prepare for and recover after surgery?

Your physical therapist can prepare you for surgery by providing an exercise program that targets the primary muscle groups affected by your condition. Increased muscle strength and flexibility will lead to a shorter and more successful surgical outcome.

Your physical therapist will help you after surgery by increasing range of motion, strength, and mobility. The rehabilitation will also be focused on helping reduce pain associated with your surgical procedure.

How can physical therapy help my neck and back pain?

Physical therapy helps control back pain by loosening up tight muscles, strengthening weak muscles, and controlling swelling through the use of manual therapy, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercises. Modalities include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and others. Patient education such as home exercises and lifting techniques also play a large role is assisting the patient in controlling low back pain. 

I am having difficulty with balance and have had recent falls. What can physical therapy do to help me?

An evaluation will determine your specific deficits and your physical therapist will develop a plan to address these needs. Generally, the treatment plan will involve challenging your balance systems within a controlled environment. Fall prevention techniques will be practiced and discussed. There are various reasons for balance problems and falls. Other medical causes will be examined in conjunction with your doctor.