Physical therapy is usually the first recommendation for the management of pain and injury. In Michigan, most insurers pay for limited physical therapy without a prescription. Most conditions respond well to physical therapy, and often you can avoid surgeries and other invasive treatments. Activo offers a hands-on, exercise-oriented approach to treatment. We personalize your treatment to meet the needs of you as an individual for efficient recovery from pain and/or injury to prevent future problems.
Suppose you are having pain or difficulty moving and going about your daily activities, perhaps following an illness, sports-related injury, or accident. In that case, your doctor may refer you to physical therapy. You also may be able to see a physical therapist without a prescription. A physical therapist (PT) is a highly educated and licensed health care professional who can guide you through preventing or recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Activo physical therapists are experts in assessing movement and can help individuals achieve a more mobile lifestyle, often with less pain, using a combination of skilled manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and patient education. Most conditions respond well to PT, and often you can avoid surgeries and other invasive treatments.
Maximize Your Movement
Physical therapists can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and your independence.
Participate in Your Recovery
PTs and physical therapy assistants empower people to be active participants in their care. As needed, they also work collaboratively with other health professionals to ensure patients receive the best care.
In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, physical therapy can serve as a safer alternative for most long-term pain. Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. Ask your doctor if using physical therapy as an alternative to prescription opioids is an effective option.
Before undergoing expensive or invasive surgery, physical therapy may be a useful option. For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, seeing a physical therapist is as effective as surgery.