Injury recovery can be a lengthy, difficult process, especially when that injury is severe enough to require physical therapy. If you have suffered an injury and find physical therapy to be a part of your doctor's recommended recovery plan, it's important that you get as much as possible from those therapy appointments to achieve the best recovery results. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to know to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your physical therapy.
Listen To Your Physical Therapist
It would seem to go without saying, but the most important step toward getting the best results from your physical therapy is to listen to the practitioner that you see. However, many people fail to follow their physical therapist's instructions to the letter, which can cost them significant progress in their recovery.
While it's easy to follow instructions while you are in the doctor's office, the most common area where patients fall short is in the at-home therapy exercises. You need to make sure that you understand the instructions that your physical therapist has given you and keep up with those exercises at home.
Tell Your Therapist About Problems
Your physical therapist will give you a series of exercises that have been proven to aid with your specific type of injury recovery. However, he or she cannot feel what you feel as you are completing these exercises. That's why it's important for you to communicate clearly with your physical therapist about any problems you have with the exercises that you're prescribed to complete.
For example, if your physical therapist recommends an exercise that strains your range of motion and is difficult to complete as a result, you should express this when you're doing the exercises. Show your physical therapist where your range of motion ends so that he or she may adapt the exercise.
The same applies if you've been prescribed to complete any exercises that cause you pain. Your physical therapy is intended to aid in your recovery, and it may be uncomfortable sometimes as you heal, but it shouldn't cause you pain. If you are feeling pain, your therapist needs to know in order to adjust your physical therapy plan.
These are the two most important factors when it comes to physical therapy success. You need to be sure that you fully understand and follow your physical therapist's instructions and communicate clearly with him or her throughout your treatment. Keep these tips in mind as you venture into your physical therapy treatment as part of your injury recovery.