The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been campaigning for ‘PT first’ interventions for many of the common injuries affecting our population. This includes encouraging physicians to provide referrals for things like low back pain, especially since the FDA has really been cracking down on opiods and other pain control medications. And for a good reason! A recent article published by Harvard Health really hit the ‘PT first’ point home for me when it highlighted two common classes of drugs that are linked to dementia (article is here for reference, please check the list and discuss with your physician if anything you take is on it). This list includes things previously assumed to be benign like benedryl. PT can be successful in conjunction with or independent of medication. So, with that being said, I thought I might include a list of less common injuries and diagnoses that the physical therapists at Edge PT and Rehab are able to skillfully treat, in the hopes that you will not need to rely on medication long term.
- Hands. We’re trained to treat arthritis, ligament and joint injuries in these little guys.
- Bladders. Women’s health PTs can treat incontinence and urgency.
- Shin splints. You don’t need to live with them, and neither do your kiddos.
- Arthritis. Not to hammer this one topic too hard, but we do treat all joints with arthritis.
- Balance. Falls cause a whole slew of injuries, and physical therapists are specifically trained to address the components of balance to avoid falls.
- Weakness. It can lead to injury, and PT can progress your limitations to allow you a safe return to gym training or yardwork.
- Bike Fitting. Our specialist can fit you for injury prevention. A one time visit to avoid injury is better than 10 to recover.
- Tingling and numbness related to nerve compression. This can be from the spine or anywhere along the nerve pathways. PT can help you manage and reverse this.
- Pregnancy and postpartum. PT can help your body manage the physical changes associated with growing and delivering a baby(s) and adjust back to normal afterward.
If it involves muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments or tendons it is likely that physical therapy can help. If you have any questions about your pain or injuries don’t hesitate to give us a call!