Living with Pain? Why Physical Therapy Makes Sense

Are you living with pain?
Living with pain is not fun, but some people believe it’s just a way of life. You may think the pain will eventually go away, you might be scared you’ll need surgery, or it may be one of those nagging things that you just haven’t taken care of yet. Physical therapy is a safe alternative to surgery and medication, and the right treatment plan can provide relief from arthritis to back pain to recovering from an injury.

”You trusted what I said about my body and really listened to me.” 

Starting physical therapy for the first time can be intimidating. You’re struggling with pain and not sure if you’ll ever feel better. But a friendly smile and a caring voice from your therapist goes a long way and you soon begin to feel more comfortable. Before the end of your first visit you’re already beginning to build trust in what will become a very close patient/therapist relationship. At Northern, our physical therapists understand the anxiety that accompanies an injury or discomfort. We can help you feel good, get moving again, and live pain free.

If you haven’t yet tried Physical Therapy, consider discussing it with your doctor. Why?

Physical Therapists have a great understanding of how the body works and how to get you moving again. We know how to manage your body to restore and maximize mobility. Many times people are referred to physical therapy with a long prior medical history, which may include prior injuries, hypertension, diabetes, respiratory issues, and cancer. But these are roadblocks for us, they’re simply part of what makes up your personal medical history.

Pain can affect your everyday tasks, your ability to do your job, and life in general. Being properly evaluated by a physical therapist is important in identifying the musculoskeletal relationship of your symptoms and potential paths of recovery through treatment plans, exercise, manual therapy, modality use, aquatics and/or massage therapy.

When you can control or alleviate your pain symptoms, you can move through life freely again, regaining the quality of life that you once had.

If you feel that your pain is holding you back, physical therapy may be right for you. We have five west Michigan locations in Cedar Springs, Coopersville, Grant, Sparta, and Wayland, making it convenient to where you work and live. Give us a call at 616.997.6172 so we can talk about your situation and get you moving in the right direction again.

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