Physical therapy isn’t like most other medical treatments. The effort toward your recovery does not rest with the physical therapist alone. You have to work with your therapist, at the rehabilitation center and at home, if you want the treatment to be effective.
Be outspoken about pain and comfort.
If your physical therapist asks you to move a certain way and it is painful or uncomfortable, you can’t be shy about letting them know. Physical therapy will push your pain and range of motion thresholds to improve the strength and condition of the limb or joint, but it shouldn’t cause significant amounts of pain. Pain with certain positions or movements could indicate previously undetected injuries.(more…)