Knowing about physical therapy is something you should think about. It is a practice that you may wind up needing in the near future (if you don’t need it right now). While it may sound like something that’s questionable knowing what it is can help dispel those notions so you have a better understanding of what it does and what it can do for you and your well-being.
For starters, physical therapy is both the science of healing and the art of caring. It heals because the practitioner of this science, called the physical therapist, diagnoses you, the patient, in order to find out the possible physical problem that needs attention. He or she will then go ahead and start a regimen that will help to heal and alleviate the pain associated with this physical problem while at the same time getting you back to how you once were as much as possible.As for the caring aspect of it, physical therapy is basically there to help alleviate your physical pain. It does this by ensuring that methods used are appropriate for you and your physical limitations such that your pain does not get aggravated.
Depending on where you live you will need a physician’s referral to visit a physical therapist. I said depending on where you live because some states or cities allow you to directly go to a physical therapist even without that referral. However, talking to your doctor can be a good idea so that you will have an understanding of what your problem is to some degree so that once you go to the physical therapist you won’t be in the dark about what’s going on.
At the same time, your doctor would be able to refer you to a physical therapist that will be able to do the job. Also, by working together with both your doctor and physical therapist the problem will be better targeted and a more focused therapy can be initiated so that it will be taken care of in a quick and painless manner (as much as possible anyway).
Speaking of painless, there is no guarantee that it will be painless. Pain, unfortunately is part and parcel of any physical therapy session. This is especially true if you’re coming off a major injury that severely hampers your mobility. As you and your therapist work to get that mobility back you will feel pain as the exercises and massages try to work their way into that part of your body that’s restricted.
This is where communication between you and your therapist comes into play. Share with him or her what it is you’re feeling as you go through with the therapy. That’s because if you just bear it he or she won’t know you’re in pain and may not adjust the treatment for you. Also, if you are really feeling a lot of pain it may be an indication of something else but if you don’t tell you won’t know until it is too late.
Depending on your problem you may wind up coming in for a session twice a week or every day. You will also need to do some work when you are at home as prescribed by your therapist. Do take things seriously because if you don’t you may not get better and you will simply be wasting your time and that of your therapist.
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