How To Make Physical Therapy More Beneficial

Making Physical Therapy More Beneficial For You

One of our patients suggested that we put a sheet together of some tips/suggestions to make physical therapy more beneficial.  We take pride in the fact that we listen to our patients and take their suggestions seriously in order to facilitate the best experience possible for people during their recovery.  So, our staff put together a little list.  The list is a compilation of the views of not only our physical therapy staff, but also our support staff.  We believe in the team approach here and even our non-clinical staff have a lot of great points to make about this.

List of Ways to Make Physical Therapy Work For You Better

  • Be consistent.  Show for your scheduled appointments.
  • Do your home program as directed by your PT
  • Tell us about your goals.  Our wants/needs may not be yours.
  • Take our advice with posture/ergonomics and other ways to help maximize pain reduction
  • Be careful with “internet shopping.” There is a ton of misinformation, inaccuracies, and scary stories that can affect your outcome.
  • Be objective.  You might not be 100% better, but recognize when things are trending in the right direction.
  • Talk to us! Tell us if something is not working or if you need something.
  • Get proper sleep.  Sleep is linked to both pain and recovery.
  • Understand pain doesn’t necessarily mean injury
  • Try not to be obsessed with what MRI’s show.  Many asymptomatic people have positive findings on MRI.
  • Understand progress takes time and it may not get better overnight
  • Have a positive attitude – be careful with negative language
  • Don’t compare yourself to others with similar conditions
  • Don’t rush through the exercises.  Take your time and use proper technique as instructed by your PT.
  • Don’t stop your exercises when formal PT is over.  Many people come back to us because they “fell off the wagon” and stopped doing their maintenance activities.

We feel this is a solid list of things you can do to maximize your outcome.  It would be a privilege to serve you and we hope you’ll give us the opportunity to help you recover from your pain and dysfunction.   Remember, you don’t need a referral from a physician to see a PT in Kansas now.  Just give us a call, (913) 904-1128.

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