• Benefits of Physical Therapy

    Physical therapists treat people of all ages and abilities. Here are some ways a physical therapist can help you.

    Maximize Your Movement

    Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and your independence. Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems.

    Participate In Your Recovery

    Physical therapists work collaboratively with their patients and clients. Treatment plans are designed for each person’s individual goals, challenges, and needs.

    Avoid Opioids

    Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy for most long-term pain.

    Avoid Surgery

    Before you undergo expensive or invasive surgery, try physical therapy. For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, treatment by a physical therapist has been found to be as effective as surgery.

    Find a Physical Therapist

    Locate a physical therapist near you by using the Find a PT directory. Although direct access laws vary by state and insurance plans differ, anyone in the United States can arrange an evaluation by a physical therapist without a physician's referral or prescription. Download APTA's direct access summary chart (.pdf) to see the restrictions in your state.