Statistics reveal that on average men live approximately 5 years less than their female counterparts. Additionally men are less likely to seek medical care regardless of symptoms they are experiencing. Millions of American’s suffer from pain each year, with more suffering from chronic pain than other common health conditions combined (Table 1).
Physical therapist’s help treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction that is mechanical in nature, meaning pain that is better or worse with certain activities or movements. After an initial evaluation and examination your PT will develop a plan of care to address the cause of your pain/dysfunction, and not the symptoms. By doing so physical therapist’s hopes to decrease or eliminate the need for ongoing pharmacologic management or future recurrence/re-injury. Your PT will refer you to the appropriate medical provider if you symptoms are not mechanical in nature.
Seeking treatment sooner rather than later will increase the likelihood of a full and speedy recovery and can decrease the total cost of care. PT commonly incorporates exercises to help get you moving and return to an active lifestyle. Benefits associated with exercise can be viewed below, and are associated with managing or decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or stroke.
If you are suffering from pain I encourage you to see your physical therapist to help restore function, decrease pain, improve your quality of life and get you back to exercising.
Remember An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.
Benefits from exercise:
- Lower resting blood pressure
- Improved control of cholesterol (higher HDL (good cholesterol), lower LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Weight loss/management
- Improved control of blood glucose levels
- Higher resting metabolism
See Mens Health Facts for some shocking differences pertaining to men’s and women’s health.
|Condition||Number of Sufferers||Source|
|Chronic Pain||100 million Americans||Institute of Medicine of The National Academies (2)|
|Diabetes||25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)
|American Diabetes Association (3)|
|Coronary Heart Disease
(heart attack and chest pain)
|16.3 million Americans7.0 million Americans||American Heart Association (4)|
|Cancer||11.9 million Americans||American Cancer Society (5)|
American Academy of Pain Medicine.