Celebrating the beginning of a new year has become synonymous with establishing resolutions for the 12 months ahead. Marking the new year with a list of goals – whether lofty or simple – is a chance to improve upon the year prior.
The practice requires a bit of introspection to identify the areas of life that weren’t quite up to snuff and a commitment to making changes. Either way, resolutions aren’t for the faint of heart, as the follow-through might be the hardest part of the whole process. In fact, a mere 8% of people achieve the goals they set for themselves on New Year’s Eve, according to research out of the University of Scranton.
Physical Therapists (PTs) acknowledge that they can do better, too. Whether it’s spending more time with families, adhering to a more consistent sleep schedule, or learning a new sport, PTs scratch out the same lists everyone does at this time of the year.
Physical Therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Chances are you know someone who recently had physical therapy, or maybe you even went yourself. But we are willing to bet you’d have trouble coming up with a quick way to define the service. Physical Therapists are here to help. By background and training, Physical Therapists are movement specialists. Simple, right? They specialize in movement.
PTs spend their days helping those who are having trouble moving due to a variety of causes. They diagnose, evaluate, educate, treat, and prevent depending on the individual case. They handily teach patients how to prevent or manage their conditions in order to achieve long-term health benefits. Most of all, Physical Therapists help patients return to the activities they once enjoyed: time with family, school, work, and physical activities.
Much of the work in physical therapy involves setting goals for patients to reach. They develop plans to reduce pain, promote movement, and restore function and they help you meet those goals one step at a time. Work together with a Physical Therapist to reach your goals in 2019, and keep each other on track.