Experiencing difficulty with every day activities, weakness or pain? Physical therapy
may be just the thing to get you back to doing the activities you love.
1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.
Fact: A recent survey revealed 70 percent of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation
by a physical therapist. However, all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow patients to be evaluated
by a physical therapist without a physician’s prior referral. In addition, all states and DC now allow for
some form of treatment or intervention without a physician referral or prescription.
2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful.
Fact: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort-including chronic or long-term pain.
They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function.
3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents.
Fact: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or
surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious
injuries or disabling conditions from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and
lower back pain, just to name a few.
4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy.
Fact: Physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist, 37 percent of people still
believe other health care professionals can administer physical therapy. Many physical therapists also pursue
board certification in specific areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports or women’s health.
5. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself.
Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and
guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical
expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an
customized plan of care.
So what are you waiting for?
You can get help today by contacting our therapists here at CACC Physical Therapy! Let us be your first
choice in getting you back to your favorite activities and helping you on your path towards health and