While this post from Synergy Physio Blog is directed towards the consumer, as physical therapists it is important to remember that pain is not a requirement for physical therapy. We are Movement Analysis Specialists. We have the unique ability to detect movement dysfunction before pain and disability occur. If a client is having trouble with activities of daily living or struggling to perform a recreational hobby, they are a candidate for physical therapy. With our medical model changing to a "wellness model," we need to advocate to our patients that pain should not be the only indicator for a physical therapy evaluation. Additionally, we cannot let old age continue to be a simple answer to chronic pains and decreased function. Gross function should NOT decrease with age. We must educate our patients on the benefits physical therapy and the relationship to maintaining or increasing function versus simply reducing pain.
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