You’ve likely heard of physical therapy, but you may be hesitant to seek treatment.
But, physical therapy can be beneficial in many ways, and it’s worth considering before you do anything else. Ask yourself these 5 questions when considering physical therapy treatment.
What Pain Are You Experiencing? 🤕
When I think about physical therapy, I think of an injured athlete who is working with a coach to return to the game. But physical therapy can be used for a wide range of applications and participants. Physical therapists are health professionals who help people improve or maintain their quality of life by improving or restoring their movement and reducing pain.
When considering physical therapy treatment, think about what pain or discomfort you’re feeling, and what could be the potential source of said pain. Try to recall events or accidents in the past that may have led to where you’re at now. The more information your physical therapy has the better they can suit you.
Based On Your Schedule, Can You Commit To Physical Therapy? 📅
If you have a busy schedule, it’s important to consult with your physical therapist to determine an ideal strategy. Physical Therapy is a commitment to your health that depending on your condition may take a few months.
Consider this before consulting an office, and let them know ahead of time what your needs and expectations are for scheduling and timing your physical therapy.
What Is Your Budget? 💳
Physical therapy can be a time investment, and your budget is an important consideration. Ask yourself what’s the best way to get back on your feet. What will happen if I don’t take care of myself now?
How much can I afford? Can I afford to miss work for appointments or treatments? In the long run, improved health and well-being trump all temporary financial woes. Ultimately, the decision is yours to make.
What Are Your Goals For Physical Therapy? 🏃♀️
Before you see a physical therapist, there are a few things you need to consider. First, do you have defined goals? The more specific your goals are, the better your chances for success.
An important component for success with physical therapy is the communication and collaboration between you and your physical therapy practitioner. Having defined goals written down, with your history of injuries and surgeries will increase the probability of success.
What Are The Results You Are Seeking? ✍
One of the most important things to consider before seeing a physical therapist is what your expectations are. No one likes surprises when it comes to the future of their health. Therefore, being transparent and forward with what your expectations are can set an objective for both you and your practitioner to aim for.
You will want to discuss what kind of help you need and how much time it might take for them to work with you. They will then be able to give you an estimate of how long it might take before any type of change happens.
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