Do you have aches and pains that you can’t get rid of? Maybe you have old injuries that keep acting up and they keep you from enjoying your everyday life. It’s possible that you have been injured, that you’re recovering from orthopedic surgery, and more. No matter the reason why you’re in pain, physical therapy can probably help.
The Process of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy doesn’t work immediately, and it does require you to participate in your own healing. In fact, that’s one of the benefits of choosing physical therapy: you get to work to heal yourself.
Your physical therapy journey will start with an assessment by your therapist. Ideally, they will review your medical records before you arrive, so they know why you are coming in and what conditions you have, etc. This also gives them time to review anything like an x-ray, MRI, or other tests that you have had done.
The therapist should also talk to you about your condition. Different people experience pain differently, and so your experience might be different than what they have seen before. In fact, if your therapist doesn’t take the time to ask you about how you are experiencing your condition, it might be time to find someone else to work with.
Once the assessment or consultation is complete, your therapist should present you with a customized, personalized treatment plan. This will likely include various stages, including some where you are given exercises or stretches to do at home. When you understand and agree to this plan, then you and your therapist can begin working.
Physical therapy can take several weeks to achieve any results. It takes your body time to heal, especially if it is used to moving and working in certain ways. Taking this time is a gift you can give to yourself, even if you are worried that you won’t get better.
Your Job vs. Your Therapist’s Job
It’s important that you come into physical therapy ready to work. Changing your body takes effort, and your therapist can’t do it all on their own.
When you start therapy, it’s your therapist’s job to assess your condition and come up with a treatment plan. It’s also their job to implement the plan and to effectively assess you and change the plan or act on it every time you meet with them.
It’s your job to follow the plan and to let your therapist know if the plan is too painful. If your therapist wants you to rest, then you need to rest. If they want you to do particular exercises, you need to do them. The plan won’t work if you don’t follow it, and then you won’t see any results for your investment of time and money.
If you’re looking for physical therapists who care about keeping you healthy and happy, Colorado Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists are ready and waiting to work with you. We have therapists who care about getting you back to living the life you love. Call to find out more.