As one of the top rated physical therapy clinics in Tucson, Applied Physical Medicine | Tygiel Physical Therapy want to ensure that our patients and potential patients have a clear understanding of the process of physical therapy.
Your first step is the decision you make to include a top rated physical therapist a part of your recovery or wellness regimen. In Arizona, unless your insurance declares otherwise, you are free to seek out physical therapy without a referral from a physician. If you have nagging pain in a joint or limb, frequent headaches, dizziness, or want to avoid injury in your chosen sport, we are here for you.
Your second step is to be clear and consistent about the type of pain and its location. I have written about this before, and it bears repeating. Physical therapists are best able to help when they can target the muscles, tendons and joints that are the source. If you’re not sure, or if there is more than one spot that is a problem, we need to know that too. Most of our musculature is connected in some way and the solution to your problem might surprise you. (For example, I was experiencing knee pain at one time and learned it had a connection to the type of shoes I was wearing and the terrain I was covering.)
Third, while going through the exercises and procedures with our staff, be sure to advise us if or when it gets uncomfortable. Pain is an indicator for a lot of things, and it is best if we know when it is a problem. Changes and adjustments are part of the process.
Finally, be consistent with your physical therapy appointments and with your exercises at home. Take note of what is more difficult for you physically and we can adjust. It takes patience to see progress and we want you to succeed! If you need help, visit or call our Tucson physical therapy clinic at (520) 296-8513.