Annual Physical Therapy Check Up
Schedule an Annual Physical Therapy Check Up and take charge of your health!
As we all know, regular check-ups with our physician and dentist are extremely important if we want to be as healthy as possible. However, most people overlook another type of check-up that is also extremely important…… the Physical Therapy Annual Check-Up. We recommend adding a trip to your physical therapist to your annual healthcare rounds this year to:
- Decrease your risk of injury,
- Improve your overall health,
- Live an active life,
- Decrease daily aches and pains, and
- Just feel good as you go through your daily routine.
WHY A PT CHECK UP?
Physical Therapists are specifically trained to examine and treat the musculoskeletal system, our “movement system”, without drugs or surgery. Our musculoskeletal system is made up of muscles, bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and the nerves that go to them – this is how we move and how we function.
An annual PT ‘checkup’ will help you learn how to keep these essential parts of your body working together to support and move your body. Whether you’re an elite athlete, a couch potato, or just getting started with an exercise program, this check-up will help you understand how you move, and what problems may cause pain or lead to an injury. Based on the results of your check-up, your PT can teach you a program to help you move better and decrease your chance of an expensive or life-changing injury.
HOW IS THIS A GREAT ADDITION TO MY ANNUAL PHYSICAL?
When you see your medical doctor for your annual check-up, a check list of tests is followed to keep track of your health. For example, they take your blood pressure, listen to your heart and lungs, check your oxygen level, and collect blood and urine samples – looking for health problems like high cholesterol or diabetes. The information collected can be compared from year to year so your MD can address problems when they are small. In addition, during your physical therapy check-up, your PT will take measurements and compare your ability to move from year to year, so that they can find muscle, joint and overall movement problems when they are small and much easier to solve.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY ANNUAL PT CHECK UP?
During your Annual Physical Therapy Check-up at Progress Physical Therapy, LLC, your physical therapist will review your medical history and perform a series of tests to check your strength and your ability to coordinate and move your body, from head to toe.
Your strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and overall function will be tracked from year to year. Just like your physician, your physical therapist will pay special attention to any problems or concerns you are having. Often, patients have small complaints which can be easily solved with a bit of advice and home exercises recommended by your physical therapist at the check-up!
With the help of your physical therapist, you can move better, feel better, save money, and prevent injuries!