What to Expect When You First Start Physical Therapy

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What to Expect When You First Start Physical Therapy

If you’ve recently had a fall or an injury, or are experiencing sudden muscle pain, chances are your doctor has recommended physical therapy. You might be a little apprehensive, especially if you’ve never seen a physical therapist before.

Core Physical Therapy would like to reassure you by offering a few tips on what to expect during a session with one of our therapists:

A plan of action.

Each of our patients receives a plan specifically tailored for them and their needs. More than likely, this will entail a home exercise program that you do outside of your appointment with us. These exercises are very important to helping you recover and build strength, so make sure you fully understand how to do them before you leave.

 To be challenged.

This is especially true if you’ve never exercised before or are working a set of muscles that you previously haven’t built up. Should either be the case, make sure you let your physical therapist know that you’re doing something out of your comfort zone. While they may not change the exercise, they will make sure that you’re not in pain while you’re doing it.

To be held accountable.

As we mentioned above, performing your home exercise program is very important to your recovery. Your physical therapist is invested in your progress, and wants to see you succeed. If there is no progress from one visit to the next, they will motivate you to stick to the routine they’ve set out for you. Let them know if you have any trouble sticking to the program, so they can talk with you about modifying it.

To recover.

If you follow the path set out for you by your physical therapist and keep the lines of communication open, you will see progress. Physical therapy is proving to be more and more helpful for a wide range of medical conditions, and has been used to replace everything from surgery to prescription medications.
 

If you’re ready to start your path to healing and recovery, don’t hesitate to give us a call today! In the state of Iowa, most insurers don’t receive a doctor’s recommendation before you see a physical therapist, so you can make an appointment directly with us.

 

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