Do you have an appointment with your physical therapist later or tomorrow? First things first: congratulations for finally admitting that something is wrong with you. A lot of people would convince themselves that there’s nothing wrong with them, but that is where complications usually start.
So it is your first time to visit a PT for examinations? Do not be nervous. For sure, you will be in good hands. But of course, being nervous is part of it, for you do not usually know what will happen when you get there. Especially for people who are terrified with pain or the agliophobic and the aichmophobics, the thought of hospital apparatus can be a little obscene. Don’t worry about those things.For those of you in fear or who are anxious for their first visit, here is a little glimpse on what will happen when you get there.
The first thing that your therapist will do is look at your medical history. After that, a physical evaluation follows. Your Physical Therapist will evaluate your strength, coordination, balance, heart rate, respiration, and posture. The evaluation will depend on your symptoms and diagnosis. The PT may also evaluate your functional activities such as the way you get up after lying down, the way you walk, or how you execute body mechanics. With those things noted, the PT will begin planning the treatment. Do not be alarmed if actual therapy does not begin during the first session. There might be a reason for that. The goal here is to alleviate any swelling or pain you have.
That is why before going to the PT, you must have a list with you about the things that are bothering you at the moment. Aside from the medical history that you provide the PT, this list may also help him or her figure out what’s really wrong with you. You should raise whatever concern you have- even the ones you categorize as very minute details, for they may also help the PT in figuring out how or where to begin the treatment.
After that, the PT may proceed to increasing your flexibility, strength, endurance- depending on your present condition. Here, the PT will aim to improve your capability and ability to perform your daily activities and tasks. Of course, you may need to expect a series of mild soreness resulting from the treatment, and this soreness or swelling is noted by your PT.
You will really have to perform as expected. Your PT may be doing his or her job right, but if you failed to do yours, recovery may not be that reachable. Perseverance is key.
Also, your therapist will prescribe you with specific equipment to help you with your condition, such as crutches, lumbar supports, footwear, etc. Your therapist will inform you where to purchase the required equipment.
There may be times that you will be expected to do a few routines at home. Your PT will educate and inform you about these things, and all you have to do is follow them. You will be informed about proper body mechanics, such as how to correctly pick up an object from the floor, exercises that can be performed at home, and how to sue the equipment prescribed.
Your next visits will be connected to the previous ones, of course. You and your PT together with your doctors will work things out to get your body back to its normal condition. Do not forget to diligently follow your PT’s advices. Those are for your own good. Good luck!