3. Physical Therapists
These pain experts typically step in to help you heal from an injury after your MD's work is done, but they also commonly work with those who experience chronic pain. They put patients on a path to well-being by prescribing specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the body—for example, get a jogger with runner’s knee lacing up her sneakers in time for a 5-K. Often, coached sessions come first and are followed by a program to do on your own at home. Foam rollers, fitness balls, and resistance bands are some of the tools you might see in a physical therapist’s office.
How to find one: Find a qualified practitioner through the American Physical Therapy Association.