The benefits of physical therapy are indisputable. For those suffering with joint or back pain or recovering from an injury or surgery, a proper and consistent physical therapy program can:
- rebuild muscle strength,
- improve range of motion,
- boost endurance and flexibility,
- prevent permanent damage and recurring problems,
- provide an alternative to surgery, and
- manage or eliminate pain without medication.
However, many times a patient will start to feel better after a few sessions and then not follow through with the plan prescribed by their physical therapist. This can cause their initial problems to return. The following suggestions can help you get on and stay on the physical therapy track to a healthier, pain-free life.
At Montvale Health & Wellness, our trained physical therapists will assess your condition and recommend a treatment plan. Our thorough approach involves an examination, a medical history, and a series of tests to measure your strength and range of motion. Next, we develop a treatment strategy and explain its purpose and anticipated outcome.
Be an active party in your recovery
Physical therapy is not a passive activity. Talk with your physical therapist to develop a plan that works with your unique problems. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or report any issues, concerns, or unusual pain. Participating in your own recovery can be empowering!
Don’t skip any of your doctor’s appointments and be sure to attend all of your physical therapy sessions. Sure life is hectic. But it is much better to deal with life’s events feeling strong and healthy. You don’t want an injury to recur because you didn’t follow through with your physical therapy plan.
Do your home exercises
Your physical therapist may recommend exercises to do at home. If so…do.them. We all know how busy life can get and how hard it can be to make the time, but we can’t stress enough how important these exercises are in your recovery. These exercises are intended to help you recover faster and bring the best results. Find a way to make sure they get done!
Good nutrition and fitness go hand-in-hand. If you’re working hard to condition your muscles and improve your strength and flexibility, you’ll want to nurture your body with the healthiest food possible.
The more invested you are in your own recovery, the better the results. Following the instructions of your physical therapist and following through on all instructions is essential to the fullest, quickest recovery. And once, again, make sure you ask any and all questions. We’re here to partner with you to make your recovery the best it can be!