How to Get the Most out of Physical Therapy

No one said the road to recovery is easy. Full recovery from an injury or surgery can take up to a year or longer. That’s why it’s important to be diligent about your physical therapy routine. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your rehabilitation program.

Pay attention

Be attentive while your physical therapist demonstrates exercises. If you are not sure you will be able to remember, take notes or draw a guide for yourself. Practice the exercises with your therapist to be sure you are performing them correctly.

Do your homework

Remember is to complete the assigned exercises as advised by your therapist. Doing more or less could hinder your recovery.  Keep a log so you have a record of when you completed your exercises. It is also beneficial to record any new or remaining aches and pains you may have.

Keep up with your appointments

Attend all appointments you have scheduled with your therapist. This is when your therapist can evaluate your progress and give you any new exercises.  Appointments are also a good time for you to ask questions and address any concerns.

Stay focused

Most importantly, keep a positive attitude and stay focused on your recovery. Remember that the healing process takes time so don’t get discouraged. Take your recovery one day at a time and always continue to give it your all.

So keep these tips in mind, put forth your best effort and you will be free from any roadblocks to recovery.

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