Don't Mask the Pain: Why Full Body Exams are Essential for Proper Treatment

Do you suffer from chronic pain or discomfort in your knees, hips, or low back? If so, you're not alone. Many people experience pain in these areas and seek treatment to alleviate the discomfort. However, what many people don't realize is that the pain they are experiencing may not be coming from the area they think it is.

According to experts, people often complain of knee or hip pain without realizing that the source of the pain is actually somewhere else in the body, such as the ankle or low back. This is why it's important to get a full body exam before receiving treatment for knee, hip, or low back pain. Without a full exam, you risk receiving a band-aid treatment that only masks the pain, rather than addressing the root of the problem.

During a full body exam, your physical therapist will assess your entire body, not just the area where you're experiencing pain. This allows them to identify any underlying issues or imbalances that may be contributing to your pain. By addressing the root cause of the problem, rather than just treating the symptom, you can achieve long-term relief and prevent future injuries.

For example, if you have knee pain, your physical therapist may assess your ankle and hip joints as well as your foot and leg muscles. This can help them identify any imbalances or weaknesses that may be contributing to your knee pain. By addressing these issues through targeted exercises and manual therapy, your physical therapist can retrain your muscles to work properly and alleviate your pain.

In contrast, if you were to receive an injection in your knee without addressing the root cause of the pain, you may experience temporary relief but the pain may return once the effects of the injection wear off.

At our clinic, we believe in taking a holistic approach to physical therapy. We focus on identifying the root cause of your pain and developing a personalized treatment plan to address it. Our goal is to help you achieve long-term relief and prevent future injuries.

If you're experiencing chronic pain or discomfort, don't settle for a band-aid treatment. Schedule a full body exam with our experienced physical therapists and take the first step towards lasting pain relief.