top of page

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to See a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists are health care professionals who work with patients to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent future physical limitations. Physical therapists treat injuries and conditions that affect movement, posture, and pain in individuals of all ages. But, although their services are invaluable, physical therapists aren’t always the best solution to every physical problem you might have—and not everyone needs to see one at all. Read on to learn more about when it makes sense to see a physical therapist and when it doesn’t.


Treating injuries is one of the most common reasons people see physical therapists. Depending on how severe your injury is, you may be referred by your primary care doctor, or self-refer after searching for treatments online.

Chronic Injuries

The underlying cause of chronic injuries is usually overuse, which can be treated by physical therapy. The treatment helps patients learn to avoid injuries, as well as rehabilitate them when they do occur.

Joint Pain

Sometimes, joints become inflamed and it becomes painful to move them. Joint pain can be caused by an injury, overuse or even genetics. A physical therapist can help you get on track with exercises that will allow you to feel better sooner rather than later.

Muscle Spasms

If you’re experiencing severe pain in a specific muscle, it’s likely that you should seek help from a physical therapist.

Sports Injuries

A physical therapist can help treat injuries by performing manual therapy, administering modalities and therapeutic exercises, and providing nutritional guidance. This type of rehabilitation allows you to avoid surgery and return to sports with less pain.

Carpal Tunnel

Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome, an inflammation of tendons in your wrist that can often result in pain and weakness in your hands, can ease their symptoms with physical therapy—this is true even for those who’ve been told by their doctor or orthopedist that surgery is necessary. A physical therapist can also help relieve joint pain, decrease tightness and improve range of motion.

Recent Posts

See All

Physical Therapy as Prevention

In today's fast-paced world, where physical activity is often overlooked or compromised, injuries have become increasingly common. Whether you're an athlete, a weekend warrior, or someone who leads a


Excel Physical Therapy

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

© 2023 Website and marketing by The Bowerbird Agency

Hours of Operation
Mon: 8am to 5pm
Tues: 8am to 5pm
Wed: 8am to 2pm
Thurs: 8am to 5pm
Fri: 8am to 5pm
Closed for lunch 12pm to 1pm
bottom of page