How To Get The Most Out Of The Physical Therapy Sessions
Guest Post by Martin Kelvin
When To Consider Physical Therapy Sessions
Today, you will commonly hear people complaining about having aches in their body parts or certain health conditions, seeking help in physical therapy sessions.
Aches occur because the stress level is increasing day-by-day with the increasing work schedules and busy lifestyles. More or less, we all have this habit of avoiding our health troubles as much as we can.
A majority of us have a fear of going through extreme medications or surgeries for healing these aches and injuries, and somehow, we manage to deal with pain without treating it at all.
However, when the condition reaches its extremity, you have to visit an expert for treating it effectively.
Whether treating injuries with or without surgeries, your doctor may recommend physical therapy.
It is one of the best ways to regain the mobility, flexibility, and strength, along with curing the relevant health trouble.
Physical therapists help you get back to your normal routine, by offering a wide range of therapies and training programs.
They also assist in increasing your range of motion, preventing injuries, and lead a pain-free and healthy life.
According to NCBI, “A pilot study was conducted to examine the effects of physical therapy interventions for individuals with CLBP based on the aim to quantify the short-term effects of one PT session that included spinal manipulations, exercise and patient education on free-living PA in individuals with CLBP. This combination of interventions represents a “typical” initial physical therapy session of individuals with CLBP.”
Now, if you have not experienced physical therapy before, then you may have queries in this regards:
- What to expect in physical therapy sessions
- How will they treat aches and injuries
- What will you need to visit a physical therapist
All these questions may pop up in your mind if you are new to physical therapy treatment.
However, just like your physical therapist, you also have a vital role in contributing to your recovery.
And yes, it is true.
You can have a speedy recovery if you have smooth communication with your therapist.
1.Make Sure Your Therapist Analyzes Your Condition And Understands It
When you visit a therapy clinic, your physical therapist will examine your condition and determine the cause of your pain.
Then, they will design a treatment plan (defined as physical therapy sessions) that will uniquely meet your individual needs, along with curing your health troubles.
Moreover, it will be better if you have your therapist understanding your sport if you are an athlete.
For example, if you are a runner, make sure your physical therapist is a runner as well. It will ensure you can smoothly communicate your problems to them.
2.List Down Your Health Troubles And Pain Symptoms
Before you visit the physical therapist, document your condition and make a list of troubles you face during your routine life, or while performing the sport (if you are an athlete).
It will help you have clear communication with your therapist regarding pain. Moreover, writing down in advance your troubles will make it easier for you to convey them to your doctor.
As a result, you can expect to have a quick recovery from your pain.
For example, if you have a chronic back pain, then it is necessary to communicate the symptoms clearly to your therapist.
According to Achieve Physical Therapy, “A physical therapist will do a comprehensive exam to assess the root cause of chronic pain. Using that information, a physical therapist will customize an individualized therapy plan. Physical therapy services are comprised of passive and active treatments. Active treatments are things like therapeutic exercises. Passive treatments are ones where the patient does not actively participate.”
When you meet your physical therapist for the therapy sessions, clear your queries regarding your condition, treatment, causes, and recovery.
There is nothing wrong to ask questions.
It will give you a clear understanding of your treatment. Moreover, you should know the purpose of performing each of the exercises your therapist recommends.
However, you should be aware of the realistic outcome of your treatment.
4.Follow Instructions Religiously
It is essential that you should follow your therapist’s instructions strictly and do your exercises at home as well.
At the end of every session, they will send you back with a set of activities to do.
Make sure you stick to these instructions without fail and continue doing them. It will help you in recovering faster and accurately.
Moreover, they may also ask you to buy physical therapy equipment though mostly, you may not need it.
5.Know Who You Will See In Your Regular/Follow Up Sessions
If it is a big physical therapy clinic, it is bound to have several therapists and professionals.
Moreover, there will numerous patients visiting every day to treat their health troubles. Therefore, there are chances that you may likely not see your physical therapist on every follow-up session.
So, it is better to ask about who you will see during your treatment sessions than to keep assuming.
It will help you have smooth communication with the concerned therapist regarding your troubles and treatment.
When you consult a physical therapist and start your physical therapy sessions, you should know that you will not nail it in the first session itself.
Yes, you read that right.
Your pain will not subside or cure on the first day. It takes time to heal, and you should have that patience.
Moreover, after three to four sessions, you will feel the change in your condition. But, until then, you will have to wait for the results.
7.Communicate New Troubles Without Delay
If you are experiencing new pain in any of the body parts during or after the sessions, then you should talk about it to your concerned therapist.
It will help them modify your treatment and do the needful.
After all, they are here to make your life pain-free. So, in any such cases, you should not delay in your communication with the concerned expert.
8.Mark Your Changes & Symptoms And Note Them Down
You should note down the changes you feel and notice in your condition.
It will help you compare your before and current situation in regards to your health trouble/condition. Track symptoms and changes and monitor them closely.
It will not only tell you about your recovery process, but you will also feel confident about getting better with every follow-up session.
Physical therapist effectively helps you in healing your injuries and pain.
However, you can actively contribute to your recovery by making the most of your physical therapy sessions.
Martin is a writer, student and pet lover. He loves butter chicken, and seeing his small pug, naughty Annie. When he isn’t writing, you can find him at near Starbucks.
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