Urgent Physical Therapy
A few years ago, I started having some upper-back pain after a bad cold. I think I strained myself while coughing and the upper-back pain continued to get worse. I ended up seeing a physical therapist, who confirmed a thoracic vertebral mal-alignment with some rhomboid irritation. After three or four sessions, my symptoms were resolved. Wonderful.
Fast forward to last week, where I have been sick for a few weeks and my cough still remains. And, guess what? My back hurts! I'm starting to get some left shoulder pain and numbness around my infraspinatus. I'm not a master at self-diagnosis, but the symptoms feel remarkably similar to the ones I had years ago.
So, what to do? I probably could have prevented the musculoskeletal injury by taking more cold medicine to cure the cough sooner and not let it drag on for so many weeks. But, here I am. At this point my cough is almost gone and my back pain is slowly getting stronger. I think I need to see a physical therapist again like I did last time... but with the holiday weekend most physical therapy facilities were closed and my only option would have been urgent care, which could only have offered medications. This is one of those occasions where easy access to physical therapy is needed and would save costs in the long run. The longer I wait to see a therapist, the more pain I'll be in and the more time it will take to fix the problem.
What do you think? Are you able to self-diagnose or self-treat your own symptoms? Do you have a PT you would see for your own personal needs? How easy is it to get an appointment, given your own schedule?