When Should I See a Physical Therapist? - Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy
by Allison Garmager, PT, DPT

Do you experience pain when completing your daily activities? Do you feel that your balance is not as good as it previously was? If either of these questions (and many more!) pertain to you, then you may benefit from seeing a skilled physical therapist.

Limited Mobility

As physical therapists, we are movement specialists and assess mobility on a daily basis. Our passion at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy is to facilitate health, hope, and happiness to improve function and fulfillment in the lives of our patients. When we are able to move better, we are able to continue to do the things that are most important to us in life.

General Muscle Pain

Physical therapists treat a wide variety of ages, diagnoses, and impairments. If you are experiencing any degree of pain which is from a musculoskeletal condition, you would benefit from a physical therapy evaluation and treatment. A Physical therapist can prescribe exercises to improve mobility and strength, which will allow for alleviation of symptoms. We can also utilize manual techniques to work through muscle tension and to facilitate better joint movement. Physical therapy can be beneficial as conservative treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Here are several examples of those conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis

Rehabilitation After Surgery

A Physical therapist can also treat patients after they have undergone surgical intervention. We can assist with restoring mobility, strength, and balance control after a procedure is performed. When a patient undergoes surgery, there is a period of healing time which is required following. Physical therapists play a vital role in ensuring that patients return to an improved level of function during this time. Physical therapy can also be beneficial in conservative management of diagnoses such as osteoarthritis and rotator cuff tears, allowing patients to improve their function without having to undergo surgery.  

Balance Impairment

Physical therapists can help patients with balance impairments and those who may be at risk of falling. As we get older, there are normal changes which occur in our balance systems. However, these changes often cause people to be fearful of falling. At physical therapy sessions, we can work on improving strength and balance through a variety of exercises. This helps to increase patients’ confidence and safety in their daily activities.

Pediatric Physical Therapy

At Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy, our physical therapists also treat pediatric patients. Children may require physical therapy to improve strength, coordination, and to ensure that they meet their motor milestones. For pediatric patients, we enjoy integrating therapy and play to ensure that these children look forward to a fun and interactive therapy session.

Physical therapists also treat a variety of pathologies which many individuals are not aware that we treat. These include pathologies such as vertigo and TMJ dysfunction. One of our clinicians from Kinetic Edge will be providing more information regarding treating of TMJ dysfunction in a future blog post, so be sure to watch for this!

At Kinetic Edge, we truly enjoy helping patients of a variety of ages and with a variety of presentations enhance their health, hope, and happiness. If you think you or someone you know would benefit from physical therapy services, please reach out online or at 866-588-0230. We look forward to connecting with you in the near future!