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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. You may be less active. Perhaps you find yourself spending hours behind a desk in your new home office. Or maybe, new-found hobbies have you feeling aches and pains. If you’re ready to decrease your pain, improve your mobility and get back to enjoying a more active lifestyle, our experienced physical therapists are here to help. Get the Care You Need to Keep Moving Staying active is essential to your physical andmental wellbeing. Poor posture, staring down at your phone or falling victim to the ergonomic effects of working from home can lead to mobility issues that cause pain.  SeanHarris, PhD, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT, physical therapist atMemorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, suggests that it’s best to nip pain in the bud when you first start to notice it. “Mobility issues are easier to fix when pain is minor rather than waiting until the pain becomes severe,” says Harris. If you’re feeling pain and your lifestyle change is lasting longer than you thought it might, take action. “Get checked out. Sometimes all you need is an initial direction or guidance, and once you learn what needs to be corrected, things start to get better,” he says. Get Rid of Your Pain with Direct Access to Physical Therapy Research has shown that the earlier you start physical therapy following an injury, the sooner you’ll recover. If you’re ready to take the first step toward recovery, Memorial Hermann offers direct access to physical therapy. With direct access, a referral from a physician is not required to start treatment. A physical therapist sees the patient, does an assessment, and if appropriate, develops a treatment plan. “If you see a physical therapist first for a musculoskeletal injury, such as joint, muscle, or nerve pain, we can help guide you to the level of care you need,” says Harris. “If it turns out to be something minor, at least you get peace of mind     IS PAIN STOPPING YOU FROM STAYING ACTIVE DURING QUARANTINE?    T, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAA P , p ysic l t  

and can prevent it from happening again. But, if it turns out to be something bigger, we can determine whether therapy is right for you, or you’ll be referred to the specialist you need.” Direct Access Can Ensure You Get the Help You Need, When You Need It A physical therapist can provide treatment and resources to get you on the right track. “Manual therapy and exercises you can do at home can be used in your recovery,” says Harris. “I like to use the teeth brushing analogy: youmight only go see your dentist every 6months, but it’s themaintenance in between, like brushing your teeth, that keeps you healthy.”

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“ With physical therapy, we can provide the right guidance and treatment, so you can learn to prevent injuries and pain even while you’re at home .” -Sean Harris, physical therapist affiliated with Memorial Hermann “That’s the great thing about direct access�you can get things checked out quickly,” says Harris. Also, with Safe Wait™ enhanced safety measures in place at all Memorial Hermann facilities, you can get the care you need with peace of mind. Get Relief: Schedule an Initial Evaluation Direct access to physical therapy is offered at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation locations and Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations. Our physical therapists are ready to help youwork through your pain or injury, with same-day or next-day appointments often available.     

To schedule an initial evaluation, call 833.4MY.MHPT or visit memorialhermann.org/therapy .

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