This year, National Physical Therapy Month focuses on raising awareness of how physical therapy can be a safe alternative for some individuals when it comes to treating their pain.
A Brief Look into the History of Physical Therapy
During the early 20th century in the United States, poliomyelitis was an epidemic. With so many suffering from the effects of polio, there was a huge demand for the skills and services we now attribute to physical therapists. Polio patients relied on physical therapists to monitor and help prevent the decline of their muscle strength, flexibility, and skill.
In fact, some of the physical therapy procedures and treatments developed during this time are still in use today. After polio became preventable due to vaccines, the demand for physical therapists still continued to grow due to wars. As medical technology advanced, physical therapists began providing services like hand rehabilitation and vertigo treatment.
What’s the Purpose of National Physical Therapy Month?
National Physical Therapy month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy. By sharing patient success stories, people can learn that there is alternates to living a life in pain. Also, it is a chance for physical therapy clinics to further support their local community on the national day of PT service, October 13th!
This year, National Physical Therapy month also is aimed at teaching patients about safe pain management methods.
Physical Therapy Can Help Prevent Opioid Addiction
Did you know physical therapy is a safe way to treat pain? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends physical therapy as an alternative to doctor-prescribed opioids, depending on the case. The CDC guidelines do recognize prescription opioids are an appropriate treatment in certain cases. This includes, but is not limited to, cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care scenarios. However, each year the number of deaths related to opioid addiction has increased each year. In 2016, over 42,000 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose, which included over 17,000 deaths attributed to prescription opioid overdoses.
This is one of the reasons why the CDC suggests people experiencing pain should consider alternates like physical therapy instead of opioids, depending on their symptoms.
How Physical Therapy Helps
As highly-educated, licensed health care professionals, physical therapists can help patients reduce pain, increase flexibility, and improve mobility. During the initial evaluation, a physical therapist will learn about the unique needs and goals of the patient. This will lead to the creation of a tailored care plan for the patient.
After the evaluation, a patient’s treatment sessions will consist of addressing the cause of what brought them in, whether it be an injury, movement disorder, and/or pain. During the session, a physical therapist will likely use hands-on techniques to stretch the problem areas. They will also recommend exercises for improved muscle strength and function. At Performance Physical Therapy, you will also receive instruction for an in-home exercise plan.
When you are treating your pain with a physical therapist, you’re recovering with the help of a dedicated team!
We’re Here to Help You with Your Pain!
Performance Physical Therapy is the Sacramento region’s favorite Physical Therapy team. With appointments available within 24 hours, you can book your Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Hand Therapy and Vestibular Rehabilitation appointment and begin treatment quickly. We proudly serve in four locations: Folsom, Roseville, Rancho Cordova and J street In East Sacramento. This includes surrounding cities such as Midtown, Auburn, Rocklin, Elk Grove, Antelope, and Citrus Heights. Let us help you live your most mobile life and get you back to doing the activities you love.