If you're asking the question, the answer's probably yes. But let's get specific.
Are you having difficulty doing your daily chores or work tasks due to pain, loss of range of motion (just can't reach that high shelf), or weakness? Then, yes.
Are you looking to minimize the risk of injury? Then, yes.
Are you having a musculoskeletal issue (muscle, ligament, nerve, tendon, bone) that's not resolving with time and your own efforts (ice, heat, over-the-counter drugs, trying the thing your neighbor did)? Then, yes.
How about a list?
Top Ten Reasons To Seek Physical Therapy:
1. You're in pain.
2. You're injured.
3. You want to avoid surgery.
4. You've recently had surgery.
5. You're about to have surgery.
6. You're not moving as easily as you used to.
7. You've fallen for no good reason.
8. You've fallen more than once in the last six months.
9. You hate asking for help when you're perfectly capable of doing it yourself, but for some reason you aren't capable right now.
10. You gardened fiercely over the weekend and now your—back, shoulder, neck, hip—is a wreck.
Injury occurs when load exceeds capacity. You've pushed too hard or worked too long and your body responds with aching, burning, stabbing, and/or throbbing sensations. Or your body responds with tenderness or abnormal tension. If you've really done yourself in, your body responds with an all-out inflammatory avalanche of swelling, heat, sensitivity, pain, and reduced motion. These are all signals that load is exceeding (or has exceeded) capacity, and you need to back off and better prepare yourself for the task no matter what it is.
Back to the questions.
Is there a physical reason you've stopped doing something you love to do?
Is there a physical reason making it difficult to do something you love to do?
Then yes, you need physical therapy.
Let's first start by defining what physical therapists (PT) are and do.
Physical therapists are experts in human movement, and help injured or ill people improve or maintain mobility and manage pain. Physical therapists evaluate, diagnose, and treat individuals across the lifespan. They are an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with injuries and chronic conditions or illnesses. PTs evaluate each person and then develop a treatment plan with goals of improving movement, reducing and/or managing pain, restoring function, and delaying or preventing disability. PTs also help folks who simply want to become healthier--move better--and prevent future problems.
The work of physical therapists varies by type of patient, and thus you'll find PTs in
hospitals, nursing homes, workplaces, outpatient clinics, people’s homes, schools, and sports and fitness facilities. You've found this blog, which is affiliated with an orthopedic outpatient physical therapy clinic.
A DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (DPT) earns a doctoral degree, which includes training in all areas of human anatomy and physiology and musculoskeletal evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as doctoral-level research. A doctoral degree is a clinical degree focused on treating people. It differs from a PhD, where the focus is on research and generating original scholarly work. The DPT program is typically three years, following a bachelor's degree. All PTs must be licensed in the state in which they practice.
DPTs weren't always Doctors, but, because they are now a “doctoring” profession, DPTs have the ability to evaluate and treat patients via direct access, meaning without a physician referral.