People are living longer and are more active. And active people tend to get hurt. Most patients seek a physical therapist on the advice of their family doctor, internist or surgeon.

Physical therapists use movement and touch to rehabilitate the body, employing various methods that can include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, manual therapy, massage, resistance motions, heat, ice, joint manipulation and stretching.

Yet, physical therapy doesn’t work for everyone.

If a patient isn’t feeling some positive change in two weeks, in terms of pain reduction or improved range of motion, therapists need to reassess. Either the therapist needs to come up with a new regimen or the patient would be better off referred to an acupuncturist, chiropractor, personal trainer, massage therapist or even a surgeon.

— Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, April 24

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