Try Physical Therapy First

As a physician, why should I try Physical Therapy first? Specialists such as orthopedists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and rheumatologists will want to know what the patient has tried and what was the outcome. Did medication, rest, physical therapy help? If not, or none was tried, the specialist will insist on physical therapy before expensive tests and more aggressive intervention. Physical Therapy is diagnostic - the patient should make significant improvement in two to four weeks. If not, the patient will return to the physician for further testing. Physical therapy benefits include:

  • Conservative and noninvasive
  • Patients can access physical therapy almost immediately whereas a visit to a specialist can take weeks and even months
  • Supports traditional medicine rather than supplanting it
  • Only side effects of this form of pain relief are improved function and a feeling of well-being
  • Less legal liability
  • More cost-effective
  • Returns patient function
  • Improves patient physician relationship