Physical Therapy Check-up
Many of our body systems get routine exams. Some more than one! Eyes, mouth, and ears, among others, are checked to catch issues before they worsen. Your musculoskeletal system should be no different. Getting a physical therapy check up can not only reduce or get rid of existing pain, but also catch many issues before they become big problems.
Did you know bone, joint and muscle problems affect one out of every two persons in the United States? Such a large number has a high price tag, about $213 billion in treatment, care and lost wages. But that’s just the fiscal cost! Other costs add up when you learn that more than 25 million people lose an average of 11.4 workdays due to back or neck pain. That’s over 290 million lost days. Among children, only respiratory illness beat bone, joint and muscle issues as a cause of missed school days. The APTA cited a decrease in physical activity as a one reason for the increase in painful bone, joint and muscle problems (see Prevalence of Knee Osteoarthritis Today Twice What It Was 75 Years Ago).
Many musculoskeletal disorders could be prevented or relieved, but are not caught soon enough.
We all know that preventive care is key to a long, healthy life. One form of care that doctors are starting to recommend is a physical therapy exam. Just like a wellness check can discover chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, a physical therapy exam can spot muscle, joint or bone conditions early, allowing you to begin treating them sooner.
During a physical therapy exam, a licensed physical therapist will provide a thorough check of your:
- Neck and upper back
- Elbows, wrists, hands
- Low back
You can also choose to have a follow up session, where you will learn exercises that can correct muscle and joint issues, as well as improve overall fitness. By having regular check-ups, we can follow your progress over time, and make changes as needed to your routine.
Landmark’s Check-up Program is available for $139, for a stand alone exam, or $189 for the exam and one follow up appointment. For more information, or to request your appointment, call any of our clinics or use our online contact form.
*American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2016, March 1). One in two Americans have a musculoskeletal condition: New report outlines the prevalence, scope, cost and projected growth of musculoskeletal disorders in the U.S.. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 17, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160301114116.htm
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