As one who has had 5 knee surgeries, I have become an outspoken proponent of physical therapy. I could not have recuperated without the help of one after my surgeries, and I am well aware of their knowledge and expertise of the human body. That said, many people don’t understand how they can help issues that are non-surgical — for things like carpal tunnel syndrome, or aches and pains that just won’t go away. With October being National Physical Therapy Month, we wanted to educate consumers about some of the other ways that physical therapists can help you to feel better.

When should I see a physical therapist?

Physical therapists, or PTs, are musculoskeletal specialists, trained to treat many problems ranging from aches and pains to rehabilitation after surgery. Alison Mason, a physical therapist at Clinton Physical Therapy Center (a Physiquality network member in Tennessee), explains, “Physical therapists are experts at finding muscular dysfunctions and working with you to correct them by rebuilding strength and stability.”

Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan to improve mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability, says Mitch Kaye, a physical therapist and Director of Quality Assurance at PTPN (Physiquality’s parent company). Because of this expertise, Mitch notes, “They are also uniquely qualified to develop fitness and wellness plans for a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

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