5 Ways to Improve Your Physical Therapy Appointment

Health Improvement

Making an appointment with your physical therapist usually means that you need to improve your physical stability. Once you set an appointment, make sure that you maximize it. These are some common guidelines that can help you make the most of your therapy appointment, whether at home, in a clinic or hospital.

  1. Wear comfortable clothes.  Jeans or long sleeves are not advisable for your therapy appointments.  Physical therapists may need to check affected parts of your to determine what kind of treatment they will perform.  If you don’t know what to wear, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist.  Wearing inappropriate clothes will not only make you feel uncomfortable during examination and exercise, but will consume most of your time as well. Do not forget to wear closed, comfortable shoes because you might need to lift some weights which would not be safe with open footwear.
  2. Make sure to arrive on time or a few minutes early to all your appointments. By doing this, you will make the most of your appointment with the therapist without affecting the next patient.  If you cannot come on time, make sure to call your physical therapist ahead and ask if he/she can still attend to you or if it would be better to reschedule your appointment.
  3. Discuss your condition and treatment with your therapist.  Knowing the details of your situation and how to deal with it is very important. Open communication will help you and the therapist understand the situation and take appropriate actions.
  4. Do your home exercise program exactly as instructed.  After your appointment with the therapist, it is possible that he/she will give you specific instructions regarding some exercises that you can do at home or in your room.  Ensure that you execute them properly.  If you cannot do them, inform your therapist and ask what to do about it.
  5. Work Hard. You should be as committed to your therapy as you are to your job.  The speed of your recovery will depend on how much you discipline yourself in executing all the treatment (exercise included) given to you.

These rules, when applied while undergoing physical therapy, will help you improve faster.  Doing your part and not depending on the therapist for everything will make you appreciate everything that is happening to you while you reach your full recovery.