October is National Physical Therapy Month! Celebrate with us all month long!

To start the month off – this week we are going to be sharing a few benefits of Physical Therapy

1. Physical Therapy helps you move better.

benefit of physical therapy is to move betterIs it your back pain that limits your ability to get down on the floor to play with your grandkids or hinders your golf swing? Does your knee pain limit you from taking a walk in your neighborhood? Having the freedom to move pain-free, choose your activity, work as long as you would like, and be independent are just a few ways PTs, Movement Specialists, can help you!

2. Treatment tailored to you.

Another benefit of Physical Therapy is the ability of your Physical Therapist to collaborate and work with you in making your recovery process tailored to fit your needs. Each patient has an individualized plan of treatment. No two recoveries are ever quite the same, nor should the treatment plans be the same. Your body is constantly changing, especially when it is healing. Your PT will continually reassess your progress and alter your treatment plan to meet your changing needs.

3. Pain affects 100 million Americans

That is more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.
Physical Therapy is a safer alternative for pain management than opioids. Opioids for pain management can lead to addiction, overdose, and depression. Physical Therapy treatment can decrease pain, improve mobility, and give you the freedom to function regularly.

4. Physical Therapy in some cases can help you avoid surgery.

benefit of physical therapy is to avoid surgery

According to the APTA(atpa.org), some conditions such as meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, when treated by a Physical Therapist has been found to be as effective as surgery.

Physical Therapist at Freedom Physical Therapy Services
Molly Rittberg received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to receive her doctorate from Rosalind Franklin University (North Chicago) in 2009. She has since worked in an outpatient orthopedic practice where she worked with patients of all ages, injuries and disabilities. She has a wide variety of experiences including knee, ankle, foot and shoulder injuries, post-operative conditions, spinal rehabilitation and peripheral neuropathies.