Recovering from an injury or from surgery may mean that your doctor has suggested that you seek physical therapy to aid you. The road to a full recovery may be a ways off, but with hard work together with your physical therapist, you can get back to living a normal life and get back to functioning as best you can before your injury or surgery occurred.
When you first go to see your physical therapist you may feel a bit overwhelmed, but remembering that you are as much a part of this process as your doctors will help you to get through this and back to a more healthy you. Here are some ways you can get the most out of your physical therapy.
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Handling the Insurance and Initial Evaluation
Upon your first visit to your physical therapist, you will need to be analyzed by your PT and they may use documentation software to help make this process go much more smoothly. This is also the time where you should discuss insurance options.
Find out if your physical therapist accepts your insurance and you should already know by this point how many treatments your insurance is willing to cover per week and how many weeks they have approved you to attend PT for.
If you will be paying for your services out-of-pocket, Wiki How suggests that this is the time that you should discuss with the physical therapist what your payment options would be and see if they offer a discount because you do not have insurance to cover these therapies.
If you want it to Work, You Have to Go
The only way your physical therapy is going to be successful is if you actually go to it when you are told to do so. If your doctor says you need to be going three times a week, then you should be making it a point to attend all of your appointments, according to Physical Therapy About.
The physical therapist is not suggesting that you come a certain amount of times per week to waste your time nor theirs, they are prescribing that many treatments to best help aid your recovery and help to strengthen your body back to the way it was before your injury—this is a time when you really need to trust in the professionals that are trying to help you back to health.
Be Comfortable, Work Hard
Physical therapy is no walk in the park; it is unlike any other doctor appointment you have ever been to. The first thing you want to be sure of is that you are dressed comfortably. Dress appropriately for the type of injury you have. If you have an injured knee, do not show up in jeans that will be impossible to roll up for the physical therapist to examine it.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can move in. You also need to be prepared to work hard. You will not be lying back and relaxing as if you were at a spa. You need to push your body back into shape—that is not to say you will push it to the point of further injury or will be expected to run before you can walk, but you need to try your best.
Together, you and your physical therapist will work together from the moment you fill out necessary paperwork and answer questionnaires via their physical therapy documentation software to the day you are discharged from your treatments. It is a team effort that will get you back to your best, and that means you need to give it your all.
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