Physical Therapy In West St. Louis County
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What Makes More 4 Life Physical Therapy Different?
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We get to know you as a WHOLE person. We know YOU are more than just your pain or injury. We take the time to listen and find out how your pain is affecting your life, and how you'd like us to help you. We do all of this before we ask you to spend any money or commit to having treatment with us. Ask about our FREE Discovery Visit! We want to make sure that we're the best option to help get you better as quickly as possible.
We find the root cause of your pain. Not just what structure is hurting you, but also, why it started hurting in the first place and why it won't go away. We don't just want to treat your symptoms. We want to fix the cause to give you the best chance of the pain not coming back in the future.
We get you feeling better FAST! How do we do that? We have a lot of different "treatments" to get you fast pain relief - some that we do with hands-on treatments in the office and some that you can do on your own at home. Which treatment is right for you though will depend on the specific findings of your exam. That's also part of what we do in the FREE Discovery Visit is find out the best and fastest way to get you better.
We get you back to doing the things you love! Once we "put out the fire" by getting the pain to calm down, then we help you get back to the activities that you NEED and WANT to do. And YOU get to decide what those things are. You tell us what you want to achieve... not the other way around. Our job is just to listen to what you want, and then help you achieve it!
We teach you what to do long-term to keep the pain from coming back! "Treatments" are great, but ANY treatment you have whether with us or anyone else (no matter what they tell you) will only last so long if you don't fix the thing that caused it in the first place. We help you find out what that root cause is, and teach you what to do to fix it so that you DON'T have to keep coming back for "treatments" for the rest of your life! We do "treatments" to get you better FAST (see step 3), but our goal is finding a LASTING SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM!
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How To Choose The Best Physical Therapy Near You:
If you ask Google to find "physical therapy near me" you'll quickly find that there are an abundance of physical therapy offices near you. The choice can be overwhelming! The question you need to ask yourself when choosing the BEST physical therapist for you is, "What outcome do I want from going to physical therapy?"
A lot of people get a prescription for physical therapy from their doctor, they call the closest clinic to them, and make an appointment.
It's just physical therapy right? Won't the doctor tell the physical therapist what my problem is and what treatments I should have?
So the patient arrives at their first appointment, and the physical therapist asks, "So Mrs. Smith, what brings you in today?" And Mrs. Smith thinks for a minute and responds, "Well, Dr. Jones sent me. Didn't he tell you what to do on the prescription?" The physical therapist looks down at the prescription and sees written, "Back pain. Evaluate and treat."
So, let's look at what occurred in this VERY COMMON situation. The patient arrived at physical therapy UNCERTAIN OF WHAT SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF IT, and believing that Dr. Jones would tell the physical therapist everything to do. And the sad truth is, Mrs. Smith will likely get EXACTLY the outcome she expected... UNCERTAINTY.
So the physical therapist goes on to give Mrs. Smith some common exercise that are used to treat back pain. They help a little bit, but the pain never goes away completely and eventually Mrs. Smith either hits a plateau, runs out of visits covered by her insurance, or gets tired of doing silly exercises that aren't really helping anymore. And eventually she stops going to physical therapy and the pain goes back to the way it was before she started physical therapy... or sometimes even worse!
The moral of the story... DON'T BE LIKE MRS. SMITH!
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If you just want a few physical therapy sessions because your doctor said so and don't care about getting a certain outcome, then by all means, go to any physical therapy clinic near you, and you'll get exactly that.
But, chances are more than likely that SOMETHING SPECIFIC caused you to go to the doctor in the first place. A lot of times that is a symptom of pain. But most people can tolerate a little bit (or some people even a lot) of pain. However, when the pain starts to interfere with the things you need or want do, or you start to worry about not understanding what is wrong, losing your independence, or possibly facing surgery, then it becomes a problem and you take action to do something about it... such as go to the doctor or go see a physical therapist. Furthermore, the pain is just the symptom, and if you only treat the symptom and don't address the CAUSE of the pain, then just like Mrs. Smith, the pain will eventually come back!
So if you want a successful outcome from physical therapy that is more than just temporary, the question to ask yourself is:
"What is the Number 1 Thing that I want to get out of going to physical therapy?"
If you don't have a definite goal in mind, then how in the world can your physical therapist help you to achieve it?
Not all physical therapy is the same!
The most common experience in "typical" physical therapy is to get a bunch of exercises, maybe a 10-20 minutes of hands on treatment at most, and maybe some heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. The rest of the time, you either do exercises on your own, or work with a technician who may have either a high school or college degree, but no formal training in physical therapy. Your physical therapist will often treat 2-3 (or sometimes even 4!) patients at a time and bounce back and forth between them. Often the exercises you get are general exercises that people get for "back pain" or "knee pain" or "shoulder pain". And where did the physical therapist get those exercises? Often, its not from doing an in-depth evaluation and daily re-evaluation of your symptoms, but rather they replicate what the physical therapist they learned from did. And that person replicated the therapist before them... and that person the therapist before them... and so on, without anyone ever taking the time to sit down and as "WHY?"
Now if you want general exercises for a general problem, then that's great! But, if you want a solution to YOUR specific problem based of YOUR unique needs, goals, and values, then you need a physical therapist who will take the time (more than 10-20 minutes) to LISTEN and find out what concerns you the most and what you hope to get out of coming to physical therapy. And that's exactly what we do at More 4 Life Physical Therapy!
So ask yourself again: