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Does Physical Therapy Hurt?

Published on October 19th, 2020

Providing physical therapy in the West Loop is one of our specialties at Chicago Chiropractic and Sports Injury Centers, and one of the questions we’re commonly asked is, “Does physical therapy hurt?” We’d like to answer that question, and also clear up a couple of other misconceptions about PT.

Pain and Physical Therapy

We all know the old adage, “No pain, no gain,” but when it comes to physical therapy that’s not true. Somewhere along the way, PT picked up the reputation as a treatment that hurts. Some who are in pain choose to delay PT until the pain subsides somewhat, not wanting to make things worse. Please don’t do that. If you’re in pain, there’s rarely a reason to delay coming in for PT.

We concede that at times the therapy may be a little uncomfortable, but our therapists will always check on you to gauge your comfort level during treatment. And if the discomfort level is too high, they’ll make adjustments in their therapy plan to minimize the discomfort.

Doctor’s Permission

After an accident or surgery, your doctor may recommend physical therapy, but if you’re in pain, you don’t need your doctor’s permission to seek PT. Our physical therapists are experts in musculoskeletal injuries and they’ll ask all the right questions to rule out anything that’s not musculoskeletal.

Nothing but Exercise

Some people – especially those who haven’t exercised regularly – shy away from PT thinking it’s all exercised based. Not necessarily. Every plan of care is different, and our therapists will tailor your plan to your unique needs.

Physical Therapy in the West Loop

As we like to say, you should never underestimate the power of physical therapy, and to learn more, call or email us to set up your initial consultation.


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