Do I need to get a yearly check-up?How often should I see a PT?
Should You See A Physical Therapist Even If You're Not Injured?
YES- You should be scheduling a yearly check up with your PT! If you have your own Primary Care Physician (PCP), you should also have your own Physical Therapist (PT). While a PCP is a general practitioner who assesses and diagnoses health problems related to a variety of body systems, PTs are the primary care providers for orthopedic pain & injury.
A natural part of ageing can result in a decline of function in many areas of the body. The following areas are no exception:
How well are YOU taking care of your body?
At your yearly PT check up, each of these areas can be tested so you can know where you fall among your peers and also how you score from year to year.
You should schedule your PT evaluation NOW if
You’re having pain or have had an injury
Your sleep is interrupted by pain
You have had the same problem recur more than 1-2 times.
You have stopped activity that you used to do in past years just to avoid pain.
You are training or exercising and think you may be performing something improperly, or if you want to know what exercise is best for you and your health conditions.
If you have ongoing or recurring pain/injury or have chronic conditions, check ups on a more frequent basis may be recommended by your PT and will be discussed or scheduled at discharge.
A yearly check up with your PT is just as necessary as your check up with your PCP in order to maintain good health!