When You Should See a Physical Therapist First

Did you know you can see a physical therapist first for a variety of issues before visiting your primary care physician or a specialist? Scheduling directly with your physical therapist can save you time and money and get you on the road to recovery faster. If you are experiencing any of the problems listed below you should consider scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist.

See a physical therapist first for:

  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Poor balance or frequent falls

Physical Therapists are experts in evaluating and treating all of the problems listed above. In fact, physical therapy can completely resolve most of these issues over time. Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to identify the cause of your pain or ailment. They will then create a treatment plan based on your needs and abilities.

When to See a Doctor

In rare instances, the cause of these problems is a medical issue. Physical Therapists are trained to identify if a problem is caused by a medical issue, and if that is the case we will refer you to your primary care doctor. If your problem is not caused by a medical issue and is not responding to physical therapy treatment we will likely refer you to an orthopedic doctor.


Are you experiencing any of the problems above?


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