The new year is the perfect reminder to schedule all your routine medical appointments including an annual visit to the medical doctor, or 6-month visits to the dentist. However, have you ever thought of scheduling your annual physical therapy exam? You may be asking how you would benefit from seeing a physical therapist prior to an injury or a mobility issue. Physical therapists are movement system experts and regularly create exercise prescriptions for our clients. Research has shown that exercise is a preventative medicine is able to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.1 According to the CDC, regular physical activity reduces your risk of developing chronic conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and anxiety, and dementia.1 If there was pill that showed all the benefits of exercise, then it would be one of the most highly prescribed medications by medical doctors.
An annual physical therapy exam may look different than regular physical therapy visits for a specific problem. The annual exam may look different from client to client depending on individual’s wants and needs, and the impairments identified by the physical therapist. However, here is what you may expect in your annual physical therapy exam:
Here at Live Your Life we offer physical therapy wellness programs including Live Your Life HEALTHY at both our Minnesota and Florida locations. Live Your Life HEALTHY is our version of the annual physical therapy exam. Click here to learn more about all our physical therapy wellness programs including Live Your Life HEALTHY and visit us at liveyourlifept.com/contact to contact us for a free consultation!
1CDC. Physical Activity Prevents Chronic Disease | CDC. www.cdc.gov. Published May 14, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/physical-activity.htm#:~:text=Regular%20physical%20activity%20helps%20improve