Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Physical Therapists

May 8, 2014

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a vital aspect of the injury recovery process and here is a list of 7 things you might not know about it from Mesa physical therapy.

  1. A physical therapist works in a variety of locations. Not limited to their office location, physical therapists help people in a variety of locations. For example, they work in hospitals, private practices, schools, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and even the emergency room.
  1. There are different types of physical therapies, not just one. These include orthopedic, heat or cold therapy, post-operative care, cardiovascular, ultrasound, manual therapy, pulmonary rehab, acute care, and even neurologic rehabilitation in addition to exercise and strength training.
  1. It is vital to do your home-exercise program. Physical therapists create home programs to cater specifically to your needs after you are released. Although they may seem mundane and unimportant, these exercises are a crucial part of the rehabilitation process.
  1. In addition to helping with injuries, physical therapists can treat chronic health conditions. Although best known for helping treat injuries and recover from surgery, physical therapy can often make health improvements in the lives of individuals suffering from chronic health conditions like vertigo, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and more.
  1. Physical therapists hold advanced degrees. Physical therapists used to be able to practice medicine with a bachelor’s degree; however, the practice and knowledge of physical therapy has become more complicated over the past few decades that most graduate programs offer a 3-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. They also must pass a medical board exam to receive their license to treat patients.
  1. The phrase “No Pain, No Gain” isn’t necessarily true. This saying holds true if you are recovering from a knee replacement or shoulder surgery, however most other treatments and exercises should be relatively pain-free.

For more information on how Mesa physical therapy can help you, visit us at To learn more about physical therapy and wellness read our blog. Or make an appointment today and speed up your recovery.

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