Getting an Annual Physical Therapy Exam
Physical therapists are trained to address the specific needs of your musculoskeletal system. A therapist can identify degenerative changes, or imbalances that may lead to degeneration, and address them before they become a more serious issue.
The tests and screens that a physical therapist performs during an annual check-up can assess your strength, stability, and mobility. An annual examination can ensure that the internal structures of your body — muscles, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissues — are working together to support, stabilize and move your body. Comparing results on an annual basis can help you identify degenerative changes and keep a record of your physical health.
The exams can be tailored to fit individual goals
and needs, including:
Pearson Physical Therapy will be offeringfree annual assessments beginning January 1st, 2019. Receiving this assessment on a yearly basis will ensure that you continue living independently and exercising safely.
Give our office a call to learn more and to schedule your appointment at (308) 872-5800.
There is a misconception that, because you're older, exercise can't benefit you; however, studies show that improvements in strength, endurance, balance, and cognitive performance can happen at any age. This means that the best way to remain independent as you get older is to exercise, but the difficulty lies in finding safe and effective ways to do so.
Whether through age or injury, the body will almost always take the easiest path. Muscles tighten, joints, stiffen, and your body compensates for the imbalances by using other muscles and joints to pick up the slack. However, this is only a short term solution; over time this adjustment can lead to a host of problems, such as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, and tendinopathies.
Yearly visits to the doctor and the dentist have become a non-negotiable part of your health care routine. However, among your yearly check-ups, you may be leaving out one very important visit...
As physical therapists (PTs) we see too many patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions that could have easily been prevented had they been addressed earlier. Movement is medicine, and physical activity plays a huge role in healthy aging.
Exercise helps to: