Physical therapy is a common solution for those who are recovering from an injury or surgery. But it’s not just athletes or people post-surgery who could benefit from a little PT. In fact, there are loads of other reasons you might benefit from a visit to a physical therapist, many of which you probably didn’t know about.
If you haven’t visited a physical therapist, you might not be exactly clear on what they do. To get a little background on PT, we spoke with physical therapist Kelley Lindstrom. “As a physical therapist, my goal is to restore normal function after injury or surgery and to provide strategies for injury prevention,” she tells SheKnows. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to recovery. Anyone looking to improve mobility, increase performance or reduce pain is a fit for physical therapy.”
There are quite a few common reasons someone might see a physical therapist, she notes. These include people who have experienced sprains or strains in areas such as the back, ankle, knee or shoulder. Also, those who have undergone surgery are also frequent visitors, especially if the surgery is on the ankle, knee, shoulder, back or spine. General muscle aches and pains can also be treated by a physical therapist, and those with nerve-related pain (such as in the elbow or finger or those who experience sciatica) often seek PT help as well.
A physical therapist can treat a dizzying array of maladies beyond those listed above, though. Here are some of the lesser-known but relatively common reasons you might seek the help of a physical therapist.