Balance & Gait Training

We, Physical Therapists, can be YOUR Primary Care Providers

Let’s describe an all-too-familiar story… 

You start experiencing a persistent back pain. After a couple of days without relief, you decide to order a new desk chair, hoping better support will solve the problem. Your chair arrives, but unfortunately, the pain stays. You decide to make an appointment with your doctor to see if there’s any other explanation for the pain. 

Two weeks later—the earliest appointment available—you sit in your doctor’s office and he refers you to an orthopedic specialist. You’ll have to join a two month-long queue, but your doctor says they’re excellent. 

Your appointment with the orthopedic specialist finally arrives, and you’re hopeful. She seems highly competent and suggests a few potential causes to the pain. However, she says it may take some time to narrow the cause of the problem down and prescribes some medicines to take meanwhile. You get an MRI/X-ray while you’re at the office and run to CVS to pick up the drugs. 

A month later, your pain is somewhat dulled by the medication, but it’s certainly still present. Over the past four months, you’ve found yourself in constant pain. It’s affected your work performance, your hobbies, and your relationships. You finally decide to try physical therapy—and it works! But what about the past few months of your life? You’ll never get them back.

Sound familiar?

Let’s put this sad story to rest.

Physical Therapists have more hours of training in musculoskeletal management than any other profession and are considered musculoskeletal gatekeepers.

We are Primary Care Providers for MOVEMENT!

Whether you’re suffering from a stiff neck, low back pain, muscle spasms, or a sprained ankle, don’t spend months waiting for a referral. See us first to have your pain addressed!

Research on pain, injuries or movement dysfunctions show that timing is so important. Getting you to move early and often after injury has a TREMENDOUS impact on your outcome. 

Today, there are more specialists with less and less family physicians and general practitioners, making it a harder process to get an appointment.

Let’s prevent these time-consuming obstacles from getting in the way of your health. Physical therapists are here to help you get your time back!

Our goal is to make access to healthcare easier for YOU. 

The simple way we do that is with direct access—which means that you can visit our clinic even without a prescription from a physician (and by the way, the U.S. ARMY has had this model for years, where injured men and women saw a non-physician physical therapist first!).

With our doctoral degrees, we are trained to spot red flags to make sure that we are treating TRUE musculoskeletal issues and not serious pathology/disease. 

Physical Therapy care is low-cost, low-risk, and a proven way to address many common medical conditions that bring patients to Primary Care Providers. 

The evidence shows that within the first year of implementing Physical Therapist as a Primary Care Provider in the department of defense, the number of MRIs dropping approximately 40%, and lost time from work dropping a staggering 94%.

With that said, if you would like to get to the root of your problem in a timely manner, physical therapy should be your first option! For best results, reach out to one of the ProMet Physical Therapy locations in Glendale, Kew Gardens or Manhasset and have an assessment completed by one of our skilled physical therapists. 

References:

Mcgill T. Effectiveness of physical therapists serving as primary care musculoskeletal providers as compared to family practice providers in a deployed combat location: a retrospective medical chart review. Mil Med. 2013;178(10):1115-20.

Murphy BP, Greathouse D, Matsui I. Primary care physical therapy practice models. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005;35(11):699-707.

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