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Celebrating Physical Therapy

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October is National Physical Therapy month and we want to celebrate!

Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association works to educate the public about the benefits of physical therapy and this year’s theme is on pain management. Over 25 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and for many, physical therapy can be a safer alternative for managing long term pain than prescription drugs. [1]

Chronic pain includes any and all aches, pains and discomfort that are persistent for three or more months. Doctors and patients alike are discovering the benefits of physical therapy programs as an alternative to prescription drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin. While they can provide relief, they are not a good long-term solution. They are highly addictive, are often accompanied with harmful side-effects and mask pain rather than addressing the underlying issue.

Physical therapists use a variety of strength and motion exercises and conditioning to help manage and alleviate chronic pain.

Physical Therapy gets to the Root of the Issue.

Physical therapists are trained to identify the cause of the pain rather than to just treat the pain. Once the cause is discovered, they use appropriate postural education, ergonomics, body awareness training, flexibility, strength and cardiovascular conditioning to address the issue.[2]

Physical Therapy Creates a Personalized Plan of Care.

Physical therapists work with each individual patient to develop a program specific to their pain. They help set realistic goals and expectations that both the therapist and the patient work to meet over the period of treatment.

So, celebrate physical therapy month with us and help get the word out! If you suffer from chronic pain, talk to your doctor about physical therapy.

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[1]Chicagotribune.com/suburbs/buffalo-grove/community/chi-ugc-article-studies-show-physical-therapy-more-effective-2016-09-15-story.html

[2] Chicagotribune.com

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