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New Swedish Study Highlights Benefits of Physical Therapy Care


March 27, 2019

From executive professionals form Cheyenne North and school teachers from Guernsey, to construction experts from Casper West and first responders from Cheyenne South, there's a familiar refrain from regional professionals who seek care here at North Platte Physical Therapy: 'I wish I'd found you sooner!'

In fact, according to newly published medical research from Sweden, patients seeking primary care for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) who are triaged to a physical therapist fare just as well—and in some respects, better—than those who are seen by a physician general practitioner (GP). 

While we encourage all prospective patients to consult with their primary care provider for all serious injuries first, the findings illuminate just how effective physical therapy can be when you’re looking for relief from MSDs such as carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, tendinitis, back pain, tension neck syndrome, and hand-arm vibration syndrome. That’s why students, amatuer and professional athletes, and everyday professionals rely on our team every day. 

Patients participating in the study, conducted across three major primary care health centers (PHCCs) in Gothenberg, Sweden,  were of people between the ages of 16 and 67 seeking help for a new, non-debilitating musculoskeletal condition. Patients were excluded from the study if they required home visits, were receiving ongoing treatment for the current MSD, or were seeking help for a chronic condition unchanged for 3 months or more. In other words, patients surveyed were seeking help for the types of non-chronic MSD pain that interfered with their everyday tasks both at work and at home. 

The purpose of the work was to determine how effective their physical therapy treatment had been against those seeking only “traditional” avenues for care. The results were surprising. Analysis revealed that while both focus group in the study improved at similar rates, the group receiving care from regular physical therapy visits group reported consistently better outcomes. 
The study’s PT group tended to reduce what authors call "externalization" of the condition to health care providers —namely, a reduction of stress related to their MSD. 

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we understand that this is an exciting time to seek physical therapy care. With a growing scope of practice and expanding direct access opportunities, our staff of new and seasoned clinicians have a real ability to make an impact in both patient care as well as the trajectory of your healthcare care needs. 

Too many people from across Wyoming and South Dakota suffer from the pain of what could be an easily managed MSD unnecessarily. Contact the North Platte Physical Therapy team today to set up an appointment and to get on track with a physical therapy treatment regimen that will reclaim your life from everyday aches and pains and help you enjoy work and exercise again.