Three reasons to keep all your physiotherapy appointments
Physical therapy appointments are an integral part of the recovery and rehabilitation phase. This is where the vital "legwork" is done to set you on the course back to complete health.
Perhaps your progress is (hopefully!) ahead of schedule. If so, congratulations and well done. However, it remains necessary to follow through with these critical meetings.
Yes, even during the holidays and vacation time, especially when you don’t feel like going!
What matters most after getting injured is the quality and completeness of your recovery. Yet, people are often tempted to bypass professional guidance and advice at the first positive sign of healing.
Here are three good reasons to stay the course with your physical therapy appointments:
Each appointment has a vital purpose.
You must be fully involved in your recovery, so following the advice of a trained professional is plain common sense. Appointments are the time to learn injury specifics, explore new terminology and recovery tactics and ask pertinent follow-up questions. We follow expert advice for our automobile, our house and personal finances, so why not for our physical health?
Every situation is unique and the nature of your injury will determine appointment frequency and the content of each meeting. Your physical therapist will discuss the injury and outline a roadmap to recovery during your first appointment. However, the real work goes beyond one meeting of good intentions.
Respecting your appointments means fewer appointments down the road.
Reputable physical therapy practices are keen to keep the number of treatments and personal sessions for you to a minimum. They want to provide maximum value for your hard-earned money and optimize resources. Not that they want to get rid of you! However, it is in your best interest to self-manage your condition as soon as possible. Respecting your physical therapist’s ongoing assessment and treatment schedule and following through on exercise recommendations will minimize setbacks and ensure maximum recovery.
Personal one-on-ones add to recovery motivation and encourage positive lifestyle change.
Physical therapy clinics are more than just places to recover from injury. They serve as an important support healthcare “hubs” that motivate you to become better, stronger and more agile than before. Many people, perhaps a few in your immediate circle, not only recover from traumatic injuries, but feed off their physical therapy experience to make significant lifestyle changes. There is no substitute for a strong personal relationship with a caring physical therapist, someone who will coach and guide you towards better health. Before, during and especially after your immediate recovery.
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