Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a neuromuscular disorder, characterized mainly by progressive muscle loss. Physical therapy plays an important role in MD treatment, however, there are many myths out there about the practice and its benefits. The American Physiotherapy Association has useful information to set some of these myths straight.
You need a referral to be able to see a physical therapist. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a referral to be evaluated by a physical therapist. However, some states have restrictions on the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a referral.
It’s painful. Many people avoid visiting a physical therapist because they’re worried it’s going to be painful. The objective of physical therapy is to reduce a patient’s pain, and the therapist works within the patient’s pain threshold to do so.
It’s only for accidents and injuries. Physical therapists are also skilled at anticipating problems before they worsen, they don’t just manipulate and stretch injured muscles.