We have reached the month of March, which means it is National Athletic Training Month! Some may wonder what the difference is between an athletic trainer and a physical therapist. Both professions are dedicated to helping people optimize movement to return to and/or maintain their best level of function. Let’s go through a few more similarities and differences of the two professions.
What does an athletic trainer do?
What does a physical therapist do?
How do athletic trainers and physical therapists work together?
Athletic Trainer Vs. Physical Therapist: Career, Salary, Education of PT Progress
National Athletic Training Month: 20 Facts About Athletic Training
These PT Pro Tips are brought to you by our Thiensville and Third Ward Therapist, Alissa Pearson, PT, DPT.
Outside of work, Alissa enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, playing soccer, and playing with her dog.
Welcome to the March 2023 issue of In Focus with PT Plus Physical Therapy
What's New at PT Plus
Spring Fever YMCA Family Event
Join our therapist, Jordan Weyker for some family fun at the YMCA, swimming in the Family Adventure Pool, bounce houses, games and activities. Hosted at the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA on 3/17 from 5-7PM and the Kettle Moraine YMCA - West Bend on 3/18 from 10AM-12PM. RSVP with the Facebook Event links above to see complete event details.
Blood Flow Restriction Training Workshop
Join Mark Snyder at the Hartland Movement Center on Saturday, March 25th to learn about how BFRT works and what the benefits are. This training technique allows for quicker recovery and faster strength gains making it popular among athletes and health enthusiasts. RSVP on our Facebook Event.
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Moving through Fibromyalgia with Physical Therapy
Nearly 5 million people in the United States have fibromyalgia. This chronic condition causes widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues. It can be difficult to manage and can severely impact quality of life. The best treatment plans ... Read More.
Nearly 5 million people in the United States have fibromyalgia. This chronic condition causes widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues. It can be difficult to manage and can severely impact quality of life. The best treatment plans combine exercise, modalities and education. Physical therapists are experts in all three, so they're the perfect practitioner to help!
Currently, recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia include patient education and non-pharmacological interventions. The right exercise routine can help with pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, and more. A combination of strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercise is the most effective. You and your PT will work together to find the right type and intensity of exercise to best manage your symptoms.
Exercise isn't the only tool the PT has to help people with fibromyalgia though. Gentle manual therapy and massage have been shown to help reduce pain and muscle stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. Physical therapists also use modalities to reduce symptoms.
In addition to land-based exercise, some clinics also have the option of aquatic therapy. This combines the benefits of exercise with the warmth of a therapeutic pool.
Education is another important component in treating fibromyalgia. A physical therapist spends more time with their patients than most other practitioners. They have the time to help you understand what's going on, and what you can do about it. Research shows that people with more knowledge about their condition have better outcomes, more confidence, and cope better.
While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, physical therapists can help with pain management, strength, mobility, fatigue and function to help patients find relief from their symptoms.