Every October is National Physical Therapy Month! An annual opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and to be grateful for those who dedicate their careers to helping others live with increased mobility and less pain.
Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve the quality of life of their patients. By recommending routine exercises, use of hands-on evaluation and care, and patient education, PTs help all ages with a variety of conditions and movement needs.
When do you need Physical Therapy?
Many patients seek physical therapy due to injuries, disabilities, or other health conditions that need ongoing treatment. The main reasons for seeking physical therapy services include sports injury, post-surgical care, and strokes or falls. Through understanding the patient's symptoms and physical capabilities, PTs develop a working diagnosis and customized exercise recommendations in order for the patient to develop an increased range of motion and achieve a reduction in pain.
With an estimated 250,000 physical therapists in the United States, the need for movement care and pain reduction is only projected to continue to increase over the next decade. The training for the career is very in-depth, where most PTs have either a master’s or a doctorate degree (6 to 8 years of education) from an accredited school of physical therapy.
Where is your pain?
The most common sports injuries can include pain or movement limitation in the knee, shoulder, elbow, hamstring, and back. Many post-surgical care can include joint replacement due to arthritis, ligament damage (such as the ACL), and severe sprains. Strokes and falls, which are common for ages 65 and older, are also common reasons people require the ongoing therapy from trained professionals.
In addition to responding to injuries or conditions, PTs also provide information and exercises for people who preventative care or increase their overall health and longevity of movement. PTs examine each patient and then develop a treatment plan to improve their ability to move, reduce or manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
What to expect
Visiting a PT, a patient can expect an evaluation of symptoms and current abilities. Many patients may start with a PT due to the pain they experience. In addition to seeking to reduce pain, PTs will look for the root cause of the symptoms, which can lead to preventative care to help the patient in the future. Patients can expect to dedicate 30 minutes each day to routine exercises, as instructed. Examples of the result of working with a PT include helping people regain ability to walk through gait training, increase range of motion in the knees, hips, or back, as well as other outcomes listed below:
- Improving movement
- Relieving pain
- Recovering from a sports injury
- Rehabilitation after a stroke or accident
- Managing lower back pain (lumbar or sacroiliac)
- Regaining ability to walk (gait training)
- Working on balance
- Managing a chronic illness such as arthritis
- Adapting to an artificial limb
The lifestyle habits, as recommended by current PTs, include making sure your muscles are activated through aerobic exercises on a recurring basis. This will maintain your muscle strength and flexibility, which has positive long term effects. Examples of daily lifestyle movements which help to maintain your muscle strength and flexibility can include getting up and down from the floor unassisted and getting in and out of the car.
Impact on your life
Physical therapists can have a profound effect on people’s lives. At Incrediwear we hear stories often about how our wearable technology helps their patients achieve their goals. Whether achieving fitness benchmarks or regaining independence, Incrediwear is here to help with your recovery and performance needs. Read below to hear from professionals in the field about the impacts of Incrediwear on recovery and pain reduction. And don’t forget to thank a PT for their work during National Physical Therapy Month!
“We use Incrediwear a LOT because we LOVE it! We find the knee and ankle sleeves to be especially comfortable and all ages seem to agree. We have athletes, moms, seniors all commenting on the comfort, ease of application and pain relief while wearing the sleeves... We love Incrediwear because they move with you and don’t bind. Incredible Incrediwear has been so helpful treating our patients and we will continue to spread the love!"
– Dina K. - Fyzical Balance and Therapy Centers
"Incrediwear has played a huge role in managing my patients with acute and chronic pain and swelling. Whenever I encounter a patient that tells me nothing has worked to relieve their symptoms, I get them an Incrediwear product and the results speak for themselves. I haven’t seen many products that provide immediate relief of pain and improve overall function like Incrediwear."
– Stephen L. (PT, ACT)
“I have been using the Incrediwear elbow and knee sleeve for chronic joint pain due to osteoarthritis. With Incrediwear, my elbow function is significantly better and I have not had to have surgery. I have been a practicing orthopedic physical therapist for over 30 years, I can say without a doubt that the Incrediwear elbow and knee sleeve has significantly relieved my pain and has made my quality of life so much better. I now recommend the Incrediwear line to my patients.”
– Craig N. (PT, OCS, MTC)
“Incrediwear is a vital component for my patients' quick recovery and comfort. It has been my go-to answer for post-surgical swelling and pain control. Incrediwear should be the standard for post-surgical care.”
– Dr. Jonathan Sum (Director at USC Physical Therapy Associates)
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