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Monday Motivator: Experiencing pain? One option is physical therapy

We have a pain pandemic in our world, and more significantly in the United States over other countries. Physical therapists are a first line responder to help with this.

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Dr. Jeffrey Donatelle
Dr. Jeffrey Donatelle

Sometimes we find our passions in unexpected places. From my own injuries and rehab, I discovered a passion that combines my love for serving others and my desire to help people heal and thrive. I've helped athletes on the field, patients young and old in the clinic, and even get the chance to teach other physical therapists! I’ve worked 12 years for Big Stone Therapies and truly am living my dream in what I get to do every day! Perhaps you’re thinking, “I’m not (or no longer) an athlete, I didn’t have surgery, or I’m not dying so I’ll be fine.” Those might be commonly understood beliefs about the need for physical therapy, but did you know we can do so much more?! We care for and treat everything from head to toe — we want to help you achieve whole body wellness!

We have a pain pandemic in our world, and more significantly in the United States over other countries. Physical therapists are a first line responder to help with this! We have an educational phrase, “Try PT first.” Before getting injections, questionable surgeries, or addictive medications, try physical therapy. Many patients have come to physical therapy first and avoided all of those. And often, the money, time, and toll on your body that medications, imaging, and injections take can delay your progress! These may be a necessary part of your care, but not always a necessary first step.

So, why don’t people seek out physical therapy first? For many there is a lack of knowledge of what therapy can do to help. I tell my patients that I want to help them “feel and function better” — I want to help them understand what the root of their issues are and how to help them get, and stay, better. “I want to get hired to get fired.” Physical therapists can provide hands-on interventions to help you move and feel better, education, movement, and exercise prescription.

Don’t wait until you “feel like death” or the pain is unbearable. We want to help you work smarter, not harder. Physical therapy is a great resource if you’re struggling with headaches, concussion recovery, craniofacial pain, TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction), or vestibular, dizziness or balance issues. It’s estimated that 80% of people will develop significant back or neck pain during their lifetime. If your pain is related to spine, knee, elbow, shoulder, foot, or ankle — try physical therapy! We can treat in the clinic, but also provide home health services for those who qualify, where we come to you!

Physical therapists have extensive training, including a doctorate degree for any physical therapist licensed in the last 15+ years, and the potential for 10 different board specialty certifications, including residency and fellowship programs. If you, or someone you know, is dealing with an issue that physical therapy could help with, consider giving it a try! There are many physical therapy teams in the area. It’s a privilege that we get to use our passion to help you return well to yours!

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