Why Physical Therapy?

There are many choices. Here’s why you should see a physical therapist first.

In pain? Here's why you should get physical therapy first.Are you or a family member are dealing with pain and aren’t quite sure who you should go see? A physical therapist might not be the first person you think of, but hopefully after reading this it’ll help you understand how we can help.

What does a physical therapist do and how can they help with an injury?

A physical therapist can help you move better. Whether you are having trouble getting out of bed, picking up your kids, having difficulty reaching into the cupboards, or any other daily tasks that you’re having trouble doing, a PT can help. We spend one on one time with you to ensure that we tailor to your every need. We also come up with a comprehensive plan to help you get back to what YOU want to do, which is the whole point right? A physical therapist can help facilitate your recovery, with us giving you the tools to be successful. We want to empower you to be able to do things needed to keep you healthy for the long run.

Your physical therapist is focused on getting you back to the things you enjoy

If you choose PT first, you’ll feel better faster, and could potentially save money in the process! Who doesn’t love to save money? In most states, you can see a physical therapist first without needing to see anyone prior. Most people don’t know that, so we’re trying to make sure people understand they have a choice in where they want to go to get better.

I like to compare physical therapy to when something goes wrong with your car. If you need to invest in parts or work done to keep your car running properly, why wouldn’t you do the same thing with regards to your health?

There are many places you can go for an injury, hopefully you know now that you can choose physical therapy first.


Russell Manalastas is a physical therapist and clinic director of Lattimore Physical Therapy in Spencerport, New York. Russ uses evidence based treatments that include manual therapy and exercise to help expedite recovery. He has a passion for advocating for the physical therapy profession, and enjoys treating a variety of sports/orthopedic conditions. His particular interests are in repetitive, endurance related injuries and how to help patients continue activity while managing the injury. In addition to patient care, Russ oversees daily operations of the clinic, marketing, and any community/event planning. He currently resides in Rochester with his wife Kathleen, his daughter Lilia, and his son Easton.