Is physical therapy painful? 4 Myths discussed on eightWest

Physical therapists are experts in the way the body moves. They help people reduce pain, improve mobility, and stay active throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from seeking treatment – for example, many people wonder, “Is physical therapy painful?”.

Gina Otterbein and Denise Jongekrijg stopped by the WOOD TV studios to talk with eightWest’s Rachael Ruiz about the 4 myths surrounding physical therapy.

Is physical therapy painful? Physical therapy myths

4 Physical Therapy Myths

  • Is physical therapy is expensive? There are times when physical therapy can eliminate the need for surgery and prescription medications, making it far more cost effective than the alternatives. In fact, some people can be treated in just a few visits.
  • Is physical therapy is only for accidents and injuries? A large majority of the patients we see do not have surgery, they are seeking treatment for aches and pains including back pain, a sprained ankle, shin pain when running, etc.
  • Is physical therapy is only for after surgery? Most people experience pain at some point in their life. It could be as a result of doing the same activity too long (standing, bending, lifting), but many patients never end up needing surgery. For example,  physical therapy has strengthened their back, core, or whatever area was causing the issue. By finding the root cause of your pain we can recommend a treatment plan that will ease your pain now and prevent it from returning in the future.
  • Is physical therapy is painful? This misconception causes a lot of fear in people and prevents them from seeking help. Because we’re experts in the way the body moves, we know how to find the sweet spot between taking you just far enough without causing more damage or pain.


You can view the entire segment below.

If you’d like to talk with a physical therapist about any type of pain you may be experiencing, we offer free consultations at each of our clinics and can often get you scheduled within the next business day. If you’re still wondering if physical therapy is right for you, give us a call today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.


View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

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