I recently read the article “Getting Fit Without the Pain” in the Wall Street Journal on September 28, 2010.
This article did a good job of educating America about going to a Physical Therapist not only for an injury, but to begin exercising safely. As we age, we tend to develop aches and pain along the way. For some people it is their knee, others their shoulder, etc. Physical Therapists educate patient’s on how to safely begin their exercise goals and which exercises are better suited for them based on their past medical history. By going to a physical therapist before starting an exercise program, you are less likely to cause injury to yourself while exercising.
As the article states, ” what physical therapists are very good at is identifying barriers to exercise-knee injuries, chronic ankle pain-and building a program around them that creates incremental improvement. After receiving a fitness program from a physical therapist, many patients will hire a personal trainer to implement it. But prevention is where many physical therapist say their progession could make the most difference. ”
When going to a physical therapist to begin an exercise program, the therapist will evalute your muscles and joints from head to toe. Therefore, we can create a program catered to strengthen/stretch the key areas needing improvement. This in turn will help prevent injury in the future.
Harbor Physical Therapy offers Wellness Evaulations to create an exercise program catered to your needs. If you are interested in learning more about how you can prevent injury when starting an exercise program. Please give us a call at 443-524-0442.
Click here for a link to the article.