Is there ever a good time to be injured? While the answer is obviously no, consider this. Wouldn’t you rather have an injury right now, as autumn starts? It’s especially lucky that you got to take advantage of spring and summer before an injury occurred.
Regardless, it’s always a good idea to look into physical therapy if you’ve had a major surgery or an injury that is affecting your mobility. Physical therapists are experts trained in the art of helping you recover from an injury, revitalizing the normal function and movement of your affected limb or body part. If you’re considering seeing a physical therapist, then keep reading to learn about what they do and what to expect for your first visit.
What Should I Expect During My Visit to the Physical Therapist?
Your first appointment with a physical therapist will likely feel like many other doctors’ appointments. You’ll review your overall health history, and explain a bit more about your injury, including how it happened and how you’re feeling now. Often, your first visit can involve tests and exercises to determine how far you’ll need to go to fully recover. If you’ve gone through a smaller surgery, expect fewer tests. If, however, you’ve been in an accident that has affected more than one isolated part of your body, you should expect more discussion and more tests to determine your baseline. Being positive and cooperative will help a lot, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.
What Kind of Treatment Should I Expect?
Our staff tailors your treatment to you and your specific injury. Patients will test their strength with resistance bands, perform familiar exercises, and even try water therapy. Your physical trainer will guide you through each step, noting how your body reacts to the tests and exercises. You will probably also receive a group of exercises to perform at home, that can change as you progress.
What Should I Wear to My Appointments?
Bring or wear comfortable clothing to your appointments. Loose-fitting clothing suitable for exercise is perfect. Also, bring your athletic shoes if you have a good pair. After your first appointment, your physical therapist can help you determine the best clothing.