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Top 6 Myths about Going to Physical Therapy

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If you ever enjoyed the Discovery show Mythbusters, you’re going to love our series of blogs for the month of March. We’ve decided we’re going to bust some of the more common misconceptions about different physical conditions that we treat, in the hopes that we might be able to help a few people feel better.

We’re going to start this series off by busting myths about physical therapy itself:

Myth 1: You have to be injured to receive physical therapy.

Physical therapy is actually here to help you prevent injury! We can show you the stretches and strengthening techniques to help you stay active.

Myth 2: You need a doctor’s note to see a physical therapist.

In the state of Iowa, most insurance companies don’t require that you have a doctor’s note before seeing a physical therapist. Usually, you can just make an appointment with us directly!

Myth 3: It’s going to be painful.

We know that going past your pain threshold is a good way to keep you from being compliant with the exercise routine we set up for you. That’s why we will tailor it to make sure you can experience gains while not hurting.

Myth 4: Surgery or medication would be better.

While both options have their place, studies have shown that physical therapy is safer and more effective. In fact, physical therapy is being offered as an alternative to the opioid epidemic that’s happening now.

Myth 5: It’s too expensive.

In truth, physical therapy will cost you only a fraction of what surgery will. Some studies have shown that patients have saved money in the long-term by introducing physical therapy early in their treatment.

Myth 6: I can do it on my own.

While we’re glad to provide some videos on our YouTube channel to help remind you of how to do a certain stretch, you’re doing yourself a disservice by skipping out on an appointment. We can help you pinpoint which muscle group is causing the pain, since it’s often different than the one that actually hurts. We can also let you know if you are doing the exercises correctly or not.

A Core Physical Therapy, we believe that an educated patient is a healthy one. We’re here to help you learn more about your body and what you need to do to become your best self. Make an appointment with us today and see the Core difference!

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