How to Get the Most Out of Physical Therapy

How to Get the Most Out of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help you recover from illness or injury much faster than if you leave your body to heal on its own. Physical therapy in our office is designed to treat the whole body rather than just the area affected by the illness or injury. Yet in order to get the most out of physical therapy, you have to make a commitment to yourself.

How to Get the Most Out of Physical Therapy

Cooperating with Therapists

It is important that you cooperate with physical therapists as they are working with you in our office. You will need to make sure that you are doing the exercises as described and asking questions if there is something that you don’t understand. Physical therapy is often somewhat painful as you push your body to new boundaries since your injury or illness, yet it is important that you push past the pain and do the exercises as recommended by your therapist.

Exercises at Home

Your physical therapist will give you exercises to do at home on the days that you don’t have a physical therapy appointment. If you do not do the exercises given to you at home, you will have a much slower recovery. You cannot only do exercises at your appointments and expect improvement. Instead, make a commitment to yourself that you will keep up with the at-home exercises to better your health.

Following Restrictions

Your physical therapist, your doctor, or both might put restrictions on you while you are healing from your injury or illness. These may be weight restrictions, restrictions on activity, or restrictions on placing weight on an affected joint. Whatever restrictions you are given, make sure that you follow them to the letter so that you can heal faster and the physical therapy will be able to work.

If you have suffered an injury or illness that is not healing on its own, physical therapy could be a solution. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.