Physical therapy overview

Physical Therapy Overview

When you are suffering from chronic pain and discomfort, the journey ahead of you can seem daunting if you don’t have a resource to help you along the way. At Whatcom Physical Therapy, we are here to be that guide. Read the following article to get a comprehensive overview of whether physical therapy can help you reclaim your life from your neurological or musculoskeletal condition so you can make an educated decision best fit for your specific needs. 

Steps to becoming a physical therapist

Physical therapists are medical experts who have to go through years of university-level training in subjects like anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology and other medical sciences. This level of education will allow those pursuing a physical therapy career to learn about the ins and out of the field, including medical diagnostics, patient examination and patient evaluation. In order to become a physical therapist, it is also required to graduate from accredited programs with a doctorate degree level and meet the state’s licensing requirements. 

Those who want to pursue further education may also choose to complete additional training and experience in specialty areas of care through a residency. Another optional step of becoming a physical therapist includes obtaining board certification by completing at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) residency program and pass an exam. 

What to expect during physical therapy

If you are in need of physical therapy to ease your life from chronic pain and discomfort, a physical therapist will work with you to create a specific treatment regimen best suited toward your condition. This is determined through a physical exam, detailed medical history and an evaluation of your posture, movement, flexibility and muscle performance. 

At Whatcom Physical Therapy, our leading experts in the field treat conditions including back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, elbow/wrist/hand pain, motor vehicle injuries, sports injuries, work injuries, arthritis, pelvic pain, neck pain, headaches, hip and knee pain, foot and ankle pain, balance and gait disorders, fibromyalgia, torticollis and neurological disorders. 

Our physical therapy specialists will work with you on a customized treatment approach depending on your condition by using a combination of treatments such as electrical stimulation, manual therapy, SCENAR therapy, myofascial relief, kinesiotherapy and exercise therapy. 

Benefits of physical therapy

Physical therapy is a safe and effective method used for easing musculoskeletal and neurological conditions without relying on possibly harmful medication or the long recovery times associated with surgical intervention. There are many benefits associated with using a conservative treatment like physical therapy, including:

  • Strengthening your stamina
  • Regaining muscle strength and endurance
  • Increasing flexibility and mobility 
  • Easing pain and discomfort
  • Managing age-related degeneration
  • Recovering from a sports injury
  • Enhancing coordination
  • Addressing underlying problems
  • Improving your overall fitness
  • Restoring your health to optimum levels

Another advantage of using physical therapy to treat your symptoms is that even after your condition improves, your physical therapist will work with you on a continuing home program where you will learn lifestyle modifications and exercises to prevent your condition from recurring.

Recapture your quality of life today with Whatcom Physical Therapy 

At Whatcom Physical Therapy, we have been servicing the residents of Whatcom County, Washington, since 1997, with locations in Blaine, Ferndale and Point Roberts. If you are in or around these areas and are looking for a physical therapy provider for your chronic pain or discomfort, visit one of our patient-centered clinics today. Through our individualized treatment plans, our leading team can help you live life without being limited by pain and discomfort. 

Contact us today to learn more about how physical therapy can help you on your path to wellness or to schedule your initial appointment with our team. We are standing by to help you reach your highest quality of life with our physical therapy services.