What is Physical Therapy?

August 30, 2019

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Physical therapy is an important part of medical care for patients. Physicians, nurses and physical therapists work closely to help restore a patient’s function, improve mobility and relieve pain.

But why is physical therapy so important?

Physical therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that may limit their ability to move or function in everyday life. Not only can physical therapy help patients return to their prior level of function, but it can also help prevent further injuries and improve overall health.

Some reasons why doctors may refer their patients to a physical therapist include: reduce/elimination of pain, avoid surgery, improve mobility, recover from a stroke, recover or prevent a sports injury, improve balance, manage age-related condition and manage diabetes and vascular conditions.

But now in Illinois a law was passed giving people direct access to physical therapy.

Direct access

The new law, referred to as “Direct Access” allows physical therapists to evaluate clients and determine a treatment plan without first having to submit a diagnosis for a health care professional’s approval. The law gives patients the ability to speed up the path to relief and healing.

Physical therapy has been proven to be affected in treating joint pain and mobility issues, and with this new law physical therapist are able to start rehabilitation and treatments with their patients right away reducing the need for pain medications and the cost for overall healthcare.

Not only does this help patients save time but also save money for their healthcare. A study published by the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy said on average patients would save $1,543 in fess and treatment when choosing physical therapy as their first treatment.

Now anyone can add physical therapy into their wellness routine. This will help people prevent future injuries or chronic pain.


Currently Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush provides physical therapy at the following locations: