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New Year, New You: 4 Reasons to Consider Physical Therapy

by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CONLeave a Comment

Are you someone who has been avoiding something that you enjoy doing because of pain? Are you nervous about falling? Does eating your favorite food cause jaw pain? There are many reasons that you should consider going to physical therapy, especially if your New Year resolutions include improving your health and wellness. Here are just a few reasons to consider incorporating physical therapy into your goals.

1. Avoid Unnecessary Medication and Surgery

Physical therapy takes a conservative approach to pain and aims to use holistic treatment options to manage various conditions. Physical therapy has helped patients avoid unnecessary pain medications and, in some cases, even avoid surgery.

2. Prevent Injuries

Many patients come to address deficits prior to participating in sports or when training for races to ensure they don’t get hurt during participation. Athletico has many programs, including ACL Prevention, Overhead Throwing, Performing Arts, and Endurance, to work on what applies to you.

3. Improve Your Balance

Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalization for those over the age of 65. Falls can lead to complications such as broken bones. In some cases, falls can be fatal. By working with a physical therapist, they can address certain areas that may lead to a higher likelihood of falling and work with you to create a plan that will improve strength, balance, and coordination.

4. Put Incontinence in The Past

Incontinence is one of those subjects that people don’t like to bring up, but physical therapy can help those with incontinence after childbirth or even as a result of stress or pelvic floor muscle weakness.

Physical therapy provides many benefits, from improving pain, reducing fall risks, decreasing chances of injury, reducing stress, improving dizziness symptoms, and improving overall life satisfaction. If you have questions about managing your pain or how physical therapy can support your health and wellness goals this year, contact your local Athletico Physical Therapy clinic and schedule a free assessment. Free assessments are available in-clinic and virtually through our telehealth platform.

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*Per federal guidelines, beneficiaries of plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VHA and other federally funded plans are not eligible for free assessments.

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Peter Batz is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in orthopedics, vestibular therapy, headache/TMD, dry needling, ACL rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Peter graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He also completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and obtained his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). He strives to get his patients back to performing at their peak levels so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

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