Admitting that we need help is oftentimes a difficult realization to make, but the sooner we get the help we need, the better off we are for it. The same is often said for health conditions. The sooner the problem is treated, the better outcomes tend to be. Oftentimes it would be best if we could pick up on the subtle or minor signs of a problem and correct it before it snowballed. With that in mind, we decided to share five subtle signs that you could benefit from a physical therapy program so that you can get started before a problem gets worse.
Subtle Signs You May Need Physical Therapy
If you’re experiencing any of the following conditions or issues, really consider setting up an appointment with a physical therapist. Don’t just assume that it’s a natural part of getting older or that discomfort is just something you’ll have to learn to deal with. Pain is never normal, and the sooner you treat it, the sooner you can get back to living a pain-free life. Here’s a look at five subtle signs that you should connect with a physical therapist.
- Morning Aches and Pains – It’s normal to be a little stiff when you first roll out of bed in the morning, but if your back is constantly stiff, your heels are in pain with your first few steps or it feels like you “slept wrong” more nights than not, there may be more to the story than meets the eye. You shouldn’t have to start your day in pain, and a physical therapist can help with a number of different factors that could be playing into this. From a physical condition to posture problems or a mattress issue, we can help you find a solution to your morning aches and pains.
- Shying Away From Activities – If you find that you’re shying away from certain activities because of physical limitations, it might make sense to connect with a physical therapist. If you’re afraid to get on your knees and play with your kids or you don’t want to go biking with your friends because of your back pain, sync up with a physical therapist and get back to doing all the activities you love.
- Becoming More Inactive – Getting older doesn’t mean that you need to slow down, but if you find that you’re becoming more sedentary because of pain or discomfort, you should visit a physical therapist. More activity can lead to better health, whereas inactivity breeds more inactivity and worse health outcomes. Break out of the cycle of inactivity by working with a physical therapist.
- Sitting Hurts – Sitting may seem like a passive action, but a lot of stress is being channeled through your lower back when you’re seated. If you have poor posture, your neck may also be putting up with some stress. Sitting shouldn’t be painful, but if you’re dealing with back or neck pain, talk to a physical therapist. Odds are there are some underlying posture issues that can easily be corrected so that sitting isn’t so uncomfortable.
- You’re Noticing Swelling – Swelling in your feet, calves and fingers are all signs that you may be dealing with a circulatory issue. These don’t typically resolve on their own, and swelling can get worse and lead to dysfunction if not treated. So if you notice that your feet or ankles are swollen and you didn’t suffer any acute trauma, it may be in your best interest to visit a physical therapist. They can help provide some exercises to improve your circulation, get your blood pumping and decrease swelling in your joints.
So if you are dealing with any of these issues, don’t wait any longer. Connect with a physical therapist today and get back to a healthier version of yourself. For more information, contact OrthoRehab Specialists today.
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