When You Visit Your Physical Therapist

Going to a physical therapist means only one thing – you want to get your full range of motion back and to remove the pain when doing so. The cause of your restricted movement and pain may be because of an injury, an accident, an illness or a disease but it is the physical therapists job to get you back to how you were before it all happened or darned close to it.

104 - When You Visit Your Physical TherapistNow, visiting a physical therapist can be a scary proposition for some but if you prepare yourself you can get not only the answers you seek but also the healing you want and need so you can be your old self again. This means being prepared so your initial and subsequent visits are productive such that it can bring you one step closer each time to your complete recovery.I’m sure you will have a lot of questions for the physical therapists. That’s fine since it is a way for you to know more about them and their planned treatment of your medical issue. Put down your question on paper so you have them with you and not have to think about what to ask when you get there.

What questions you ask is up to you but at the very least ask the basics. Ask them about their qualifications and specializations so you know if they are licensed and able to deal with your problem. Ask them what the program entails, how long it will be and so on – in short, ask questions that will let you know what you should expect and what is expected of you.

Obviously when you get there you won’t be the only one asking questions. The physical therapist will also ask questions about you and also about your injury. Make a list of what you have in terms of the pain you’re feeling and where it is in your body. Specify how often you feel the pain on a daily basis and for how long.

Be as concise as you can as this will help the physical therapist target the problem and prescribe a therapy for it. Even if you think it’s not important put it down. Say when you feel the pain the most – during the day, the middle of the day, afternoon or night. Say what brings the pain on – when you’re walking, lifting stuff, simply moving etc.

Bring your medical history. Include any illness you may have had or any hospital stays, surgeries or accidents you’ve been involved in as well as the part of the body affected by each one if possible. The medical history of your family may also help so do list those if you can. Also, let the therapist know what medication you’re taking even if it is just vitamins.

Wear comfortable clothing, preferably one that lets you move around easier without hindering yourself. Make sure they are also easy to remove because the physical therapist will definitely do a preliminary diagnosis so you want to be able to do the things they say without too much trouble.

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