If you have been injured in an accident, or have pain from arthritis or other condition, your doctor may recommend physical therapy (PT). Physical therapists will help relieve your pain and restore movement in your body. If you’ve never seen a physical therapist before, here is an idea of what to expect.
Whether physical therapy is your whole treatment plan or will be part of a plan involving medication or surgery, your physical therapist will discuss your treatment goals and come up with a schedule and plan.
Your first visit includes an evaluation by your physical therapist. He or she will review your medical records and any notes from the doctor who referred you. If you have any questions about your diagnosis or how PT may affect your injury, ask now. The evaluation also includes hands-on examination, with the therapist exploring your range of motion and noting what hurts and how much by your indication. This helps them adjust treatment specifically to your level of pain and mobility, as each patient is different.
You will need to show your PT how strong you are. Your first visit will include exercises and gentle resistance to indicate whether there has been any atrophy in the muscles due to an injury and which muscles and tendons need to be strengthened. You will also be tested for balance. Some injuries, including neurological ones, can affect your balance. This is extremely dangerous as it can cause falls. Physical therapists can treat balance and vertigo issues, helping you restore your equilibrium.
If you are having a pre-op visit, the PT will discuss the procedure with you and what you can expect during recovery. He or she can explain which muscles are affected and how therapy will speed your healing. You will also find out which exercises you can do at home to participate in your recovery and improve treatment outcomes.
Physical therapy is an effective treatment for orthopedic and neurological conditions, that can help in a variety of situations. Doctors will prescribe physical therapy to help recover from an injury, for either pre- or post-op strengthening, or for helping to prevent future injury. Patients in the Austin, Texas area can see the certified physical therapists at Endeavor Rehab Center. Call (512) 284-7192 or request an appointment online today.