Can Physical Therapy Cause More Pain?
All great things in life require effort, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a painful or miserable experience. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding physical therapy, and a major one is that physical therapy is supposed to hurt. On the contrary, therapy can be an enjoyable process with help from our outstanding physical therapists.
PRN San Deigo wants to help dispell some of these myths and help you feel comfortable about your recovery options.
All Pain, No Gain
You might be familiar with the phrase “no pain, no gain” and while it is catchy, it can lead to a damaging mentality. It often causes people to postpone or avoid improving physical health because they are afraid of the pain they may experience. Interestingly while it implies that physical therapy will lead to a painful experience, the opposite is actually true. By avoiding treatment at a physical therapy clinic you are much more likely to increase injury and prolong the discomfort and pain you are already experiencing.
Seeing a physical therapist can show you that there are numerous types of recovery options and they’re not as bad as you might think; they are not here to torture you. With a range of services and an individualized approach, you’ll see how beneficial and efficient a recovery plan can be.
If It Hurts, It Must Be Wrong
We won’t lie to you and say that physical therapy is pain-free, but there is an important distinction between pain and progress. If you are sore after physical therapy, that is a sign that your muscles and body are being stressed but in a good way. It’s similar to how strength training works. A muscle must be loaded to become stronger; there must be some kind of resistance otherwise the muscle fibers will never have the chance to grow. Sure, this can be uncomfortable and annoying at times, but it is a necessary part of growth and recovery. When you choose not to see a physical therapist and just come up with your own DIY recovery plan, you’re more likely to experience greater injury and pain that increases rather than decreases.
Remember that recovery takes time. There is no magic pill to heal your whiplashed neck and spine after a car accident. If you don’t see a difference after the first visit or week, don’t give up, just be patient.
Anyone Can Be a Physical Therapist.
Another reason that some think physical therapy is so painful is that physical therapists don’t know what they’re doing. Because they don’t hold the status of a medical doctor, physical therapists are often viewed as less knowledgable. Of course, this is a mistake. Certified therapists go through years of schooling and training in order to practice. Every state has very specific and demanding regulations and requirements that must be met in order to treat people.
What people don’t realize is that it’s not a physical therapist’s job to fix people. They are a resource for providing the right tools for your recovery, but the improvement and progress lie on the individual and how well they choose to use those tools.
Finding the Right Physical Therapy For You
PRN San Deigo has numerous locations with professional staff ready to treat your specific needs. Our team of physical therapists treat our patients like people and have a deep care for your well-being and recovery. While it may not always be easy, and we can’t promise there won’t be hard days, physical therapy is worth it. If you want to recover faster and efficiently, find one of our physical therapy clinics near you and start your journey back to the best you today.