Why Physicals Are So Important
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Right? Wrong. When it comes to your body it’s vital to have yearly physicals. Not only do physicals put you and your health care providers in touch about your body but it’s actually been shown that yearly physicals lead to living longer and healthier lives. Similar to a yearly check up with your physician or dentist, it is now recommended that people regularly follow up with their physical therapist to maintain and improve the health of our bodies and musculoskeletal system.
The reason why physicals can lead to better and healthier lives is they’re preventative in nature. In addition to following up with their physical therapist regarding an injury or pain, people are now checking in with these movement-specialists because they want to know how their body is doing. Physicals assist both physical therapists and patients in gaining information about that individual’s body and life.
In these annual checkups, your physical therapist will perform an examination to identify current and potential problems in the context of your specific goals. In addition to screening for conditions that may require consult with your primary care physician, the physical therapist is uniquely qualified to examine your endurance, balance, strength, flexibility, and more.
Physicals are a great resource, not only because they provide insight into how your body is functioning, but also your physical therapist is able to answer any questions you may have about your health and lifestyle. If a physical therapist does see something in a patient’s life that should be modified they can help steer them in the right direction.
“We recommend that all of our patients get yearly physicals performed by a certified and licensed physical therapist,” Dr. Matt Zaudtke, from our North Meridian location said. “Our mentality is to be safe rather than sorry and aid a patient in making changes to improve their way of life before an issue should develop. Having an annual physical is no different.”
Another benefit of physicals is a stronger relationship built between physical therapists and patients. One that most likely would not form if a patient was seen only after an injury or problem has already occurred. A stronger relationship creates an open line of communication and develops comfort.
Preventative medicine is one of the greatest tools a person can tap into. Seeing a physical therapist before starting a new workout routine, making a lifestyle change, playing a sport, etc. is beneficial because they can assist in preparing for that change, or if they detect anything, an intervention can be made before it becomes a life-impacting event.