Autoimmune Disease Management 101: Fighting Back

Make The Most Of Your Physical Therapy

Recovering from an injury can be made much easier with the help of physical therapy. A therapist will teach you exercises that can help you regain your range of motion, your strength, and your use of the injured area without the fear of re-injuring yourself. Due to insurance constraints, you may only be allotted a limited amount of sessions. Therefore, it's vital that you make the most of these sessions by implementing the following tips.

Tip #1: Aim for consistency

Consistency ensures you make headway in your recovery plan. This first and foremost means consistency on your part — show up to sessions on time and don't skip a session. Make sure you follow through on anything you are requested to do at home. You should also require consistency with your therapist. This means seeing the same therapist at each session, which allows you to work with someone who understands your injury and where you are in the healing process. You should also request consistency of scheduling. Appointments at the same time, or at least on the same days every week, are preferred.

Tip #2: Take notes

A good physical therapist will provide you with notes from the session afterward. These should include notes on progress, any concerns noticed, and a possible list of exercises to do at home. It's also important to bring your own notepad and write things down. For example, note which exercises were recommended for specific pain areas or results, as well as the frequency advised for practicing them. In other words, write down anything your therapist says that you think is important to remember. These notes will serve you well when you are doing your prescribed exercises at home between therapy sessions or trying to continue the healing exercises once your therapy allotment is complete.

Tip #3: Keep a journal

This journal doesn't need to be anything involved. Most importantly, you need to write down when you feel pain, where it occurred, and what you were doing when it happened. This information can help a physical therapist craft a therapy program targeted to your specific needs. If you prefer a more involved journal, you can also use it to record your home exercise sessions and progress, as well as keep it as a repository for your notes from your specific therapy sessions. For some people, noting progress helps keep them motivated.

For more help, contact a physical therapy service, like Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, P.C., near you.