6 Ways To Know If Your Injury Needs Physical Therapy

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If you’re like me, you hate admitting that you need help, especially when it comes to an injury. At a certain point though, your stubbornness may be working against you. There’s a difference between giving your injury “some time” and flat out ignoring it. One of the things I get asked on a regular basis by my athletes in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN is how to know when it’s time to get treatment.

Ask and you shall receive.

I’ve put together a list of 6 questions you can ask yourself to determine if your injury need treatment. If you answer YES to TWO OR MORE of these, it’s probably time to get some help. 

  1. Is my injury affecting my training program or workout routine?

  2. Is my injury affecting my everyday life? (quality of sleep, reaching overhead, squatting, playing with kids)

  3. Have I avoided the painful activity for 1-2 weeks, but it’s STILL not any better?

  4. Does my pain last more than 24 hours after working out or training?

  5. Am I anxious/nervous/fearful that this injury will develop into something bigger?

  6. Is my injury getting worse with each attempt to resume training/working out?

Keep in mind that early intervention is always best when it comes to injury and physical therapy. Studies have proven that early treatment has a significant impact on the length and severity of an injury. Clients also typically save money with early treatment as it can eliminate other expensive methods such as XRAY, MRI, injections and surgery. Most importantly though, early intervention with physical therapy can help get you out of pain and back to your sport quickly!


If you need help with your injury, just TEXT US. We’d love to answer your questions and determine if treatment is a good choice for you!


Josh Orendorf is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Paceline Physical Therapy in Franklin, TN. He is an Ironman triathlete and Boston Marathon qualifier. He has a passion for helping athletes conquer injury and return to sport without pain. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Leigh, and their dog, Annie.