Being told you will have to go to physical therapists to come back from surgery, illness, or injury can be initially discouraging. Perhaps this is because everyone who has been through a similar program seems to come back with horror stories about their time. What these people fail to mention, however, is how much it helped them on their journey back. These medical professionals know what it takes to push you harder than you’ve ever been pushed, something that is necessary when it comes to reducing pain and getting back on your feet. Look forward to your sessions instead of dreading them. It’s time to break some barriers.
It’s Not About Pain
You’ve probably been told that physical therapists delight in putting their patients through pain. Objectively, this is pretty far from the truth. The people in these jobs and those who designed the programs want just the opposite. They want to see you put away your crutches, your wheelchair, or whatever is holding you back and regain the mobility you once had. For some, this will be impossible. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push yourself as far as you can go. This is what the program is meant to help you do.
Know Your Endgame
Physical therapists will be able to tailor your program to your goals. Everyone’s goals will be different depending on both their motivation and their injuries. By having a long conversation with the person in charge of your recovery, you can impart those goals and let him know what you would like to achieve by the end of the program. With this information, he will be able to evaluate the facts and come up with a treatment plan that should get you as far along as is humanly possible.
Seeing the Same Person
Few patients are happy if they see different physical therapists on each appointment. Any facility that runs things this way is no facility you should be a part of. In fact, anyone who is an expert in these programs will insist that forging a relationship with a single professional is one of the integral ingredients for success. Not only will it make you more comfortable, it ensures that you continue to build on what you are currently doing. Changing the program randomly every time is only going to hold you back. Insist that you be given a single professional to work with. If they can’t accommodate that request, consider looking elsewhere for treatment.