Top 9 Conditions You Didn’t Know Physical Therapy Could Treat

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by Kate Devalerio, PT, DPT, PCS | Oct 19, 2017

We all know Physical Therapists (PT) can treat our aches and pains. But, did you know that your PT can also treat many other conditions that may ail us? Here is a list of 9 conditions you might not have known a PT can help resolve for you:

  1. Urinary/bowel incontinence: Pelvic health PTs play pivotal roles in reducing urgency and accidents related to pelvic floor dysfunction.
  2. Headaches: Did you know some headaches are related to your neck and upper back, as well as your posture? Orthopedic PTs can assess headache sufferers to determine if physical therapy is the right course of treatment.
  3. Car sickness: PTs trained in the vestibular system can assess the mechanism of car or motion sickness and provide treatment and strategies to reduce or eliminate the symptoms. No need to avoid that road trip!
  4. Recurrent falls: Orthopedic and Neurologic Physical Therapists can address your strength and balance to help reduce fall risk and maintain independent living status longer.
  5. Clumsy Child Syndrome: Does your child appear “out of sync” with other children his/her age when it comes to physical activity? Clumsy Child Syndrome, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, is a condition addressed by Pediatric PTs on a daily basis.
  6. Obesity: Pediatric and adult physical therapists can help prescribe a low threshold exercise program to get your body moving again, as well as assess and treat any secondary aches and pains that may accompany overweight/obesity.
  7. Dizziness: Do you feel like you are spinning when you roll over in bed? It may be a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV, a condition treated frequently by Neurologic PTs.
  8. Cardiovascular disease: Know someone diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease? Physical Therapists can prescribe a safe and closely monitored cardiovascular and strengthening program to help improve health.
  9. Flat Head Syndrome: Also known as Plagiocephaly, this condition often results from babies spending too much time on their backs. Pediatric PTs can work with new parents to educate and prescribe tummy time activities, as well as help with a referral to an Orthotist, should a head-shaping helmet be needed.

**Bonus Info – Postpartum Diastasis Recti: One of the common conditions during pregnancy is the separation of the abdominal muscles to accommodate the growing baby. Women’s Health PTs can work with the post-partum mother to get those abdominals back on track again.

If you or someone you know suffers from any of the above conditions, call us at 904-345-7277 to schedule an evaluation.

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