Physical Therapy vs Surgery
Which is the Better First Option?
Physical therapy is a non-invasive approach that is both affordable and free of side effects. It allows patients to take charge of their own treatment and let’s them get back to what they love quicker.
On the other hand, surgery is very invasive and can cost thousands of dollars even with insurance. Side effects can include infection, blood clots and complications with wound healing. Not to mention, a patient is likely to have physical therapy after surgery anyway.
Doesn’t it make sense to at least attempt physical therapy first before jumping into something as invasive as surgery? Even if physical therapy doesn’t completely eliminate pain, it may be able to reduce it to a manageable level where surgery won’t be required.
Physical Therapy vs Medication
Why do we choose to mask pain with medication?
Physical therapy addresses not only the pain that you have but the reason why you are experiencing the pain in the first place. For example, a good Physical Therapist will not only treat your back pain, they will also investigate to figure out way the back pain is there to being with.
Medication simply masks the pain for a short time and does not address the underlying cause of what’s causing the pain. In addition, medication is also expensive and can be addictive with long term use.
Instead of using medication to mask the pain, why not address the reason why you have pain to begin with physical therapy?
Physical Therapy vs Chiropractic Care
Physical therapists look for a cause as well as an appropriate solution for the patient. Although we don’t make assumptions about chiropractors in general, we do know that many often perform manipulations that offer temporary relief without addressing the underlying problem – causing the patient to return time and again for treatment of the same injury.
Although chiropractors and physical therapists both perform very similar hands-on techniques, such as manipulation of the spine, physical therapists also extend treatments to include stretching, strengthening, posture education and retraining, and massage. Some of the best chiropractors will actually refer their patients to physical therapists when appropriate, because we have specialized knowledge of more effective treatments beyond simple spinal manipulation.