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One Annual Health Checkup You're Probably Skipping

Some health habits are instilled in us at a young age. For as long as you can remember, you made annual treks with your parents to both the pediatrician and the dentist, and as you entered adulthood you switched to a primary care physician and maybe a different dentist better suited for your adult needs. You may think that between these two appointments, all of your health needs are covered, right?

These medical providers are very important and should be part of your annual regimen. However, they are not specifically trained to assess your musculoskeletal system, including joints, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue. A physical therapist is the right healthcare professional to ensure that these essential internal structures are working properly to help support, stabilize and move your body.

During a Wellness Visit, your physical therapist will gather your medical history, perform screening tests and other assessments to establish a baseline of your physical abilities. Physical therapists are trained to assess the musculoskeletal system and identify dysfunctions before they grow into bigger problems.

Everyone is different. That is why its important to come to your visit prepared with your medical history and current level of functioning as well as your individualized goals. This information will help your physical therapist develop a specialized plan, including a home exercise program and specific recommendations, designed to help you achieve your goals.

Making wellness part of your everyday life is very rewarding and will help you maintain a high quality of life with the maximum amount of function possible. Why not begin this journey today with a physical therapist? The experts at Tandem Physical Therapy are here for you!

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