Benefits of Physical Therapy 
Get the care that’s specific to your goals, and your body, and that matches your lifestyle here in the Flathead Valley. Physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants, are here to help you maximize your movement, manage pain, avoid surgery and prescription drugs, manage chronic (long-term) conditions, and recover from and prevent injury. Here’s an overview of some of the many benefits of physical therapy.

Maximize Your Movement
Physical therapists identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. They help people maintain or restore as much
function as possible. Physical function and movement are very important to:
Health, wellness, and fitness.
Managing pain.
Earning a living.

Get the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity

Regular physical activity can benefit your physical, mental, and social health. It also helps to prevent or improve many
chronic conditions, such as:
Heart disease.
Some cancers.
Physical therapists help people overcome barriers to physical activity.

Care For Your Specific Needs

Physical therapists design treatment plans specific to each person’s needs, challenges, and goals. They work together
with you to maximize the benefits and develop strategies and help you achieve your goals. Physical therapists and PTAs care for people of all ages and abilities.

Manage Pain and Avoid Opioids

While doctor-prescribed opioids are suitable for some cases, they only mask pain. Physical therapists help people manage pain without the risks of opioid use. Opioid risks include depression, substance use disorder, overdose, and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
To manage long-term pain, the CDC recommends safer options like physical therapy.

Avoid Surgery

Physical therapists help people manage pain and improve movement problems. Some pain and movement problems can become chronic and lead to surgery. Physical therapy helps to reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases and conditions. It also can keep many problems from getting worse. Physical therapists can help you avoid the need for, and the costs and risks of, surgery.

Research shows that physical therapy is as effective as surgery for some conditions, including:
Meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis.
Rotator cuff tears.
Spinal stenosis.
Degenerative disk disease.

Before you have surgery, try physical therapy. In some cases, surgery cannot be avoided. Physical therapy helps people prepare for and recover after surgery. Benefits of Physical Therapy


To get the most benefits of your PT you need to participate in your recovery

Physical therapists and PTAs empower people to take an active role in their care. They work with each other, and other healthcare providers, to make sure patients receive the best care.

Care Where You Need It

You can see physical therapists and PTAs almost anywhere, including:
Private practices.
Outpatient clinics.
Home, work, and school.
Sports and fitness facilities.
Nursing homes and rehab facilities.

Find a Physical Therapist

When considering the benefits of physical therapy remember that physical therapists are movement experts who improve the quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. At PTA, depending on your insurance, you may not need a doctor’s referral for an evaluation by a physical therapist. PTA accepts most insurance as well as flexible cash pay options. For more details call 406.756.7878, or visit us at
You can also request an appointment right from our webpage by clicking here: Request an Appointment 
Cite: ChoosePT. APTA. 2022