Many individuals may think that they know how to properly exercise, manage their pain and rehabilitate
themselves. I have commonly been given explanations from individuals for why they do not need therapy - i.e.: "I have
had this before and I know what works for me" or "I know what is causing this, because my neighbor had the same
thing so I will just do what she did" and attempt to manage themselves.
A Physical Therapist is a specialist
skilled and educated specifically in proper rehabilitation. We are continually educated as to management for different dysfunctions
and work closely with the referring healthcare provider in the development of a rehabilitation program specifically designed
for each individual.
The other important aspect to remember with Physical Therapy is that each individual
is different. We all have different types of bodies, different patterns of movement, different alignments and different habits.
A Physical Therapist monitors each individual and attempts to correct improper habits, alignments and movement patterns.