Myths of physical therapy

  • Myth: All physical therapy is the same
  • Fact: Although the general concept of physical therapy is the same this doesn’t mean that you will receive the same treatment from each physical therapist you see. Many times treatments are different and if you have found physical therapy to not be helpful in the past, this doesn’t mean that it will NEVER be beneficial for you to try. Many times we have heard, “I’ve already tired that and it didn’t work for me.” When asking further what treatment they were given a common response is, “They were way too rough on me and asked me to do things that caused greater pain,” or “All they did was put me on exercise equipment or send me home with and exercise program.” While these methods may be helpful for some, they are certainly not the answer for everyone. At Advantage Rehab, we understand that in many cases the tissue is inflamed and the pain is a a heightened state making the above scenario difficult to handle. We take the time and care to first get the body to calm down, relax and take time to decrease your pain though modalities, massage/myofascial release, and mechanical traction. Once the pain is under control we then take the next steps in education and strengthening to bring you back to your “A” game.
  • Myth: Physical therapy is only needed after you have surgery.
  • Fact: Physical therapy treats most musculoskeletal conditions, pain or injury, in addition to post surgical care.
  • Myth: Physical therapy is only exercise.
  • Fact: Depending on the source and reason for your pain, physical therapy uses several different types of modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, and traction. When you are in pain or have an injury, we at Advantage Rehab Inc., have found that patients respond best when combining a source to relax the musculature, as well as strengthen it.
Advantage Rehab Inc
700 Cedar St #153
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 219-9680

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

We are able to accomodate early or later appointments when needed.
Conditions treated by PT:
  • disc herniations
  • sports injuries
  • shoulder pain
  • rotator cuff injury
  • hip, knee and ankle pain
  • neck and back pain
  • car accident pain or injury
  • TMJ
  • post surgical conditions
  • general deconditioning
  • weakness from aging
  • difficulty with balance
  • carpal tunnel
  • tennis elbow
  • diagnosed neurological condition
  • strokes
  • lyphedema management
  • and many more conditions/injuries
Dr Gary Matthys will be working with us in our office once a month. Dr Matthys is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive joint replacement including the direct anterior approach for hip replacement. Learn more about Dr Matthys here.
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