The first place many people go to find medical advice is the internet. While there is much information online, some of it is valuable and some of it isn’t. Oftentimes, information can be misleading, cause unnecessary worry, or even lead to worse injury. If you are not a health care expert, it can be difficult to differentiate good advice from bad advice.
We often hear from patients on their first visit that they have been self-diagnosing their conditions based on information they have read or heard from a friend. Many times, they try with good intention to treat the injury themselves. We caution our patients to turn only to experts to gain advice for their musculoskeletal injury. Just as we go to accountants for expert tax preparation or a hair stylist to give us the best cut, people should see expert advice for their health care needs. If a pain lasts for more than 7-10 days or is progressively getting worse, it is likely not a just simple muscle pull.
Physical therapists are experts in diagnosis and treatment of your musculoskeletal injury. According to the BMC of Musculoskeletal Disorders in June 2005, experienced Physical therapists are skilled experts in diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, second only to orthopedic surgeons.
Our recommendation is to not take your injury in your own hands but rather partner with a skilled Physical therapist (PT) for the quickest recovery. You don’t need a referral in New York State to be evaluated by a PT. If you need to see an expert, request an appointment here.