7 PT Myths

Physical therapy is changing the way millions of people overcome debilitating pain and lack of mobility. But common misconceptions often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist, prolonging their struggle to get back to the life they love.

1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist

Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, a physician’s referral is not required in order to be evaluated by a physical therapist. 

2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful

Fact: Physical therapists actually work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. The goal of your Results therapist will be to reduce or completely eliminate your chronic pain.

3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents

Fact: Results physical therapists are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few.

4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy

Fact: Physical Therapists must go through years of post-graduate education to be certified as a PT. In fact, Results physical therapists receive four times more training and education than other physical therapists.

5. Myth: Physical therapy isn’t covered by insurance

Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physical therapy has proven to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, or prescription drugs. 

6. Myth: Surgery is my only option

Fact: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery.

7. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself

Fact: While your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.

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