Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Patients
Question: Do I need a referral from my doctor in order to begin physical therapy?
Answer: No, it is not necessary to get a referral or prescription from your doctor in order for you to receive physical therapy. However, many insurances require it. You may want to check your insurance coverage.
Question: I’ve been having back pain for a few weeks and it really hurts when I get up from a chair or sit down. What can I do to help this?
Answer: Vertebral disc issues (the shock-absorbing structure between each vertebra) can cause back pain. There are varying degrees of disc impairment ranging from mild to severe. They can be treated with exercises that build strong core and trunk muscles and hands-on techniques to improve movement and support spinal health. Surgery is not required.
Question: Should I go to a Physical Therapist after having surgery?
Answer: Physical Therapists are a great resource for treatment after a surgery. The Physical Therapist will create a treatment plan specific to your needs and monitor your recovery along the way. Care plans typically include: protecting the surgical site, pain management, improving strength and range of motion, reducing overall symptoms and restoring function.
Question: My shoulder hurts when I put on a shirt, pour my coffee, or reach for objects over my head or behind my back. Why is this? What can I do to stop the pain?
Answer: The shoulder has many different types of movement for you to reach things in your surroundings. There is a delicate balance between movement and being stable with the shoulder joint. The bones in your shoulder need to work together to create motion caused by the muscles around the joint. Some common shoulder issues are: rotator cuff muscles that wear down over time and create small tears, deterioration of the joint itself, or inflammation. If you are having these symptoms, Physical Therapists are highly trained in shoulder mechanics and can assist in reducing pain, improving your ability to move, and allow you to feel back to your normal self.
Question: I’m really looking forward to the upcoming ski season. However, a lot of my friends have hurt their knees skiing in the last few years and I really don’t want to get injured. Is there any way I can prevent these injuries or is it just a part of the sport?
Answer: Skiing is a sport that inherently has risk. However, there are certainly things you can do to help prevent knee injuries. Make sure you have properly fitted equipment, take a class with a certified instructor to focus on proper technique, rest when you need to, and stick with terrain that is comfortable for you. In order to focus on active prevention, speak with a physical therapist who can help you with core and lower extremity strengthening exercises to prepare your body.
With knee injuries in skiing, it’s most common to injure the non-dominant leg so it’s important to strengthen your body as much as you can prior to the season. Be aware of your equipment as well; the wider platform on powder skis lead to a greater twisting force on the knee so use them only when appropriate. The most common knee injuries in skiing is ACL and/or MCL sprains/tears so strengthening the muscles around the knee can help prevent some of these injuries. Proprioception is another important component of skiing so make sure you have a good balance program as well to prevent injury.