A survey conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) confirmed the most common myths about physiotherapy. While the demand for physiotherapists continues to rise and many consumers are experiencing the transformative effects of physiotherapy, some misconceptions persist. APTA is debunking common ones to better enable consumers to take charge of their health and improve their overall fitness, mobility, and quality of life.

Below are 5 of the most common myths about physiotherapy. See the full list at MoveForwardPT.com.

Myth: I need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist.

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Fact:  Patients can seek treatment from a physiotherapist without a doctor’s prior referral.

Myth: Physiotherapy is painful.

PainFact: Physiotherapists seek to minimize pain and discomfort—even if it is chronic or long-term. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function.

Myth: Physiotherapy is only for injuries and accidents.


Fact: Physiotherapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. As experts in the way the body moves, they are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions. Physiotherapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life.

Myth: Physiotherapy isn’t covered by insurance.


Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physiotherapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physiotherapy has shown to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, prescription drugs. Physiotherapy can also lower costs by helping patients avoid falls or by addressing conditions before they become chronic.

Myth: Surgery is my only option.


Fact: In many cases, physiotherapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions – from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. The study found that people who recently have seen a physiotherapist know this to be true, with 79% believing that physiotherapy can be a viable alternative to surgery.

APTA member Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC, said,

“Commonly held misconceptions about physical therapy can become barriers to people seeking the potentially life-changing care of a physical therapist. We hope that by challenging these myths with facts, consumers will recognize that physical therapists can help them optimize their movement and greatly improve their quality of life.”

Physiotherapy is not only for injuries and accidents. We can help you feel and move better. Improve your quality of life today.

Source: American Physical Therapy Association.

This post has been written by Goh Yun Jie.


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