Michael Milnes is a successful and well-known physical therapist from Rochester, Minnesota. He loves working and living in the historic district of the city for its character and charm. His patients love that his office is located inside a Victorian house built in 1894. His clients are often surprised at the process it takes to see a physical therapist and what he does. Most patients don’t know it is very easy to be evaluated by a physical therapist and they are able to treat a wide array of conditions.
A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association showed that 70% of Americans believe you need to have a referral or prescription from a doctor to see a physical therapist. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although some states have restrictions about what treatment a physical therapist can provide without a referral, all 50 states allow patients to be examined by one without seeing a physician first.
Many patients also believe that physical therapy is just for injuries or accidents. They don’t realize that physical therapy can help diagnose, treat and sometimes even cure a wide variety of issues and illnesses. The list of problems that physical therapy can help with is expansive. Arthritis, burns, back pain, fractures, headaches, development delays, and incontinence are just a few of the many problems therapy can help with. Physical therapists can even give patients techniques to help prevent diseases before they develop through simple exercises that almost anyone can do.
Michael Milnes is passionate about how helpful physical therapy can be for so many patients, each with a unique condition or problem.