When our patients first call our clinic, this is one of the most common questions we hear. Many of our patients have never had physical therapy before or sometimes they’ve had physical therapy that did not really help them recover from their condition. In the coming weeks and months, we are focused on teaching you more about physical therapy (PT) and especially about PT at Life’s Work Physical Therapy (LWPT).
Physical therapists can work in a lot of different settings. They work in hospitals, in schools, for sports teams, and at outpatient private practices.
LWPT is an outpatient private practice.
Physical therapists, who work in private practice settings like ours, focus on helping people recover from some sort of pain or injury. You should think of us as the primary care doctors for musculoskeletal pain conditions, your partner for life. We specialize in lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, jaw pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatic pain, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, and ankle pain. We also treat chronic conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid, fibromyalgia or central pain syndrome.
Patients are usually motivated to come to us either because something hurts, they’ve been told to come to their doctor or their body is just not working right (i.e running hurts, off balance with walking, etc.) Regardless of the cause of pain or a body that is not working well, physical therapists are specially trained to diagnose the root cause of the pain/dysfunction and prescribe an individualized treatment plan. A good physical therapy plan is not only effective at resolving most pain issues but also provides good long-term management strategies to limit recurrence or at least reduce the severity of recurrences. Physical therapy is low risk and also very cost effective compared to other medical treatment options.
While this explains a little bit about what physical therapists do, it is important to choose the right one for you. At LWPT we focus on advanced clinical practice for our physical therapists. This allows for expert level differential diagnosis and an exquisitely precise care plan that is prescriptive as well as user friendly. The long term goal being that patients build a life-long relationship with their Life’s Work physical therapist. This relationship is built on teamwork, trust, and a shared commitment to getting well efficiently and maintaining wellness for the long term. Half of our care team is fellowship trained in orthopedics and manual therapy.
We see that nationwide only 0.35% of physical therapists do this specialized training. Over time, this has allowed the physical therapists at Life’s Work to take on harder, more complex cases and get better results than their competitors. We are dedicated to outcomes, research and exceptional patient care.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a nagging injury or ongoing pain complaint, do not hesitate to contact a physical therapist at Life’s Work. We are happy to help you determine if PT is a good solution for you!