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Do I Need Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy to treat disease and pain was believed to start as far back as 460 BC. With the development of the field of orthopedics and physiology, physical therapy has developed into the robust medical practice it is today.

When Do I Need Physical Therapy?

There are many different reasons someone might need physical therapy. Generally, physical therapy is used to either recover from pain or surgery or to prevent future pain or surgery.

Common uses for physical therapy include:

  • Improve mobility
  • Decrease effects of degenerative diseases, or vascular conditions (diabetes, obesity, arthritis)
  • Improve condition during pregnancy
  • Help prevent the need for a surgical procedure
  • Restore function after a surgical procedure
  • Help vascular and pulmonary function
  • Improve response time, balance, or other physiological aspects of the body

Who can provide physical therapy?

Physical therapy is performed by those with a license to practice physical therapy. Though other healthcare providers may offer insight or small exercises, only licensed physical therapists can practice physical therapy in the United States.

Person receiving physical therapy


Many physical therapists choose to get additional degrees or certifications to help expand the scope of their knowledge, including certifications in the following specialties:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Women’s Health
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine

Is Physical Therapy Effective?

In many cases, physical therapy is a very effective treatment for pain, mobility issues, or potential injuries. Many people find success in treatment with a physical therapy plan that diagnoses the cause of pain or movement restriction, and works effectively to ease pain or improve your mobility.

Of course it’s important to remember that each case is individualized, so make sure to reach out to the physical therapists at Carrollton Orthopaedics to schedule a consultation to see if physical therapy is your best option for care.

Schedule Your Physical Therapy Appointment Today

Your journey towards a stronger, healthier you starts now. Call Carrollton Orthopaedics and experience the transformative power of physical therapy today!