There are some common misconceptions out there about physical therapy. This list was created to help clear some of those up!
- I need a referral from a doctor before I can see a PT. FALSE
Because of direct access in the state of MD, you are able to schedule an appointment with a PT without a referral from your PCP.
- Any medical professional can perform PT. FALSE
Physical therapy services must be provided by a licensed physical therapist.
- Physical therapy is the same thing as massage therapy. FALSE
If you have been to PT before, you may have had some massage incorporated as part of your treatment. This is only one tool that some therapists may incorporate into your treatment. PTs are trained as movement experts and are focused on improving function. A lot of PT is exercised based and may incorporate strength training or balance training for example.
- PT is only for injuries. FALSE
PTs are trained to treat a myriad of different conditions and many PTs go on to specialize in specific fields. A few different areas that PTs can work in include pediatrics, geriatrics, sports rehab, chronic pain, vestibular, orthopedics, neurological, and cardiopulmonary to name a few.
- Surgery is my only option. FALSE
There are many studies that show that physical therapy can be as effective or more effective than surgery in many cases. Trying physical therapy first is a safe and smart approach to treatment for several different conditions.
Written by: Dr. David Reymann