Have you ever had pain in your back, knee or some other muscle or joint in your body? Like most folks, you probably thought to yourself “I’ll just deal with the pain and maybe take a few Advil, and I’ll be better in a few days or a week at the most.”
Then, before you know it, the pain has been there for weeks or months, and it is starting to affect the way you live your life.
What seems like suddenly, you notice that you are having trouble getting out of a chair or bed, walking up and down the stairs is painful, you can’t walk without limping, or now you can’t lift a jug of milk out of the fridge without your arm feeling like it will fall off. Finally, you may decide “well, I better get some help for this since it is keeping me from living life the way I want, and the pain has been here for months now.”
So, you decide to call your doctor to get an appointment only to find out you have to wait a few more weeks until you can see your doctor. When you finally have your appointment with the doctor or surgeon, you wait 15 to 30 minutes or more past your appointment time to be taken back to the treatment room.
Once you are back in the treatment room, you notice that your actual appointment with the doctor or surgeon only lasted 5 to 10 minutes or less, and all you have to show for your time is a handful of pills, a shot or an order for an X-ray.
What is wrong with this scenario? Is there a better option that can address the root cause of the problem and get you back to doing what you could before pain or injury interrupted your life, as fast as possible?
The answer to this question is absolutely yes, there is a better way.
Research shows that the sooner you receive treatment that addresses the root cause of the pain you are having, the quicker the pain goes away and the sooner you get your life back. While pills and shots can be helpful in reducing pain, they are addressing the symptoms of the problem you are having, but they do not correct the reason why the problem is occurring.
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It’s often not the doctor or surgeon’s fault that it takes so long to get an appointment since are often more patients than there are doctors to go around.
The quickest way to rid yourself of the pain that is holding you back from doing what you need, want and love to do is to call a physical therapist within one to two weeks of the start of the pain or injury that caused the issues you are having.
The reason I say this is because you can call a physical therapist and normally get an appointment within 24-48 hours without having to wait to see your doctor for a prescription for physical therapy (most insurances allow this, some such as Medicare require you to get a prescription from the doctor first – your physical therapy office can help to speed this process up). Physical therapists are trained to find the root cause of the problem and correct the reasons that are causing it, which keeps you from getting hooked on pain killers, having shots or needing surgery.
If you are sick and tired of being in pain and not being able to do everyday things the way you used to, then please do one of the following:
Call 717-245-0400 to schedule a one-on-one, free screen with one of our experts so that they can listen to the issues you are having and tell you how they can best help you.
Call to schedule a free phone consultation with one of our experts if you prefer to chat on the phone versus face to face so we can listen to the issues you are having and tell you the next best step.
Email me at email@example.com if you would rather connect that way first to ask me some questions and chat with me about your issues so I can make recommendations about what to do next.