Getting physical therapy is an important part of healing properly. Many people are injured or have a surgery and think that they will just heal and bounce back without any additional work. In some rare cases, this is the truth, but for most people, getting physical therapy is the best way to heal faster and protect your body. Here are some things that you need to know about physical therapy.
1. You Should Start Physical Therapist Immediately
One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting too long to start therapy. They might "wait and see" if their body is healing right, and then only go if they detect a problem. The concern is that if you don't start the healing off right, by giving the injured area the optimal amount of motion, strength training and so forth, you might not be able to get full range of motion back, or ever be the same. For example, a knee injury should be exercised even as it is healing to make sure that you still have full use. If you wait too long, it could be too late.
Some people even start therapy before the surgery. If you are getting a joint replacement surgery, you might consider doing therapy before the surgery to prep the area, and then after the surgery to help it heal.
2. Try To Stay With The Same Therapist
If possible, you should start with one therapist and stick with them the whole time. This is because therapy is like a story. The therapist will write the beginning to the end before they even start working with you. They will have a strict plan that they will follow to help you heal faster. If you keep seeing different people each time, they won't know what you have been working on, how you are building muscle, and where to go next. It could prolong the healing and might not give you the best results.
3. Follow The Therapist Instructions
Resist the urge to try and make up your own plan. You might think that because you looked something up on the Internet, it is a better option that what your therapist has organized for you. By messing with the plan, you might be damaging your injury even more, and prolonging the results. Instead, stick with what the professionals have prepared and you will be better off.
By doing these things you can get the most out of your physical therapy.