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Why You Need a Physical Therapist on Your Healthcare Team

Jul 22, 2020

With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now may be a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place and see if there are any improvements you could make. You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Maybe you have some specialists, physicians, a trainer, or a massage therapist. If a physical therapist isn’t a part of your healthcare team, you’re missing out on taking care of a big part of your health. To understand why you need a physical therapist, you need to understand what they do.



The American Physical Therapy Association defines PTs as “health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.” So physical therapists help you do things that you have trouble with. That could be going for a hike, playing with your kids, or getting through a day of work without pain.



Chronic pain is a huge problem worldwide. A big part of that is low back pain. Statistically, around 80% of people will have low back pain in their lifetimes. Physical therapists are trained to treat pain without surgery or medications. If you have back pain, an arthritic knee, neck pain, or an old injury that won’t go away, a PT may be able to help.



The APTA goes on to say that “PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.” That means that a physical therapist can help you determine your risk for injury, choose the right fitness program, and improve the quality of your life by improving your health and ability to move.


It’s well known that the risk of many of the leading causes of death can be reduced by exercise. Some of these conditions would include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and stroke. By helping you move better with less pain, finding the right exercise program, and helping you to make healthy lifestyle choices, a PT could help you live longer.

Physical therapists have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life. If you don’t have one, consider adding one to your healthcare team.

New Pt offering free treatments for 1st month

Pain & Movement Solution’s newest physical therapist, Dr. Brady, is extending Free Treatments to all new patients during his first month of practice in the community. Pain & Movement Solution’s Free Treatment consists of a screening evaluation, followed by a treatment consisting of spinal thrust and joint mobilizations, soft tissue tools, kinesiotaping and guided activities that will empower you to take control of your health and recovery. The goal of the treatment is to provide you with the expertise, solutions and direction in determining the best methods to help you. You may request your free treatment with Dr. Brady by calling the clinic at 605-723-0185.


About Pain & Movement Solutions

Pain & Movement Solutions is an outpatient physical therapy private practice in Belle Fourche, serving the community since 2012.  Their staff works diligently to be the best option for all of your musculoskeletal pains and movement problems. No referral is needed for most care. How we live is based on how we move.