After suffering from an injury, your doctor may feel that you will benefit from physical therapy to help your muscles heal and to increase your mobility. However, to ensure that the treatment works, make sure you avoid the following mistakes during and in between your therapy sessions.
1. Skipping Your Sessions
If you want your therapy sessions to work, you have to show up to each and every session. If not, you will not only lose out on the exercise advice and evaluations, but you will be less likely to heal as quickly.
While having to miss a session once or twice because of work, or even illness, may not slow you down, turning it into a habit of missing one day a week will be detrimental to your progress. If you are having problems sticking to the schedule provided to you by your therapist, discuss your concerns with them so they can help you select a time that is more convenient.
2. Forgetting To Do Your Exercises At Home
Even if you are diligent about keeping every therapy appointment, the hour or two you spend two or three days a week is not enough to help you recover from your injuries. You also need to perform the daily exercises your therapist assigns you.
If you find that you are often forgetting to complete your exercises, set up an appointment reminder on your calendar or an alarm on your phone to remind you to do them. Make sure you pick a time that is free from distractions so that your exercise session does not keep getting put off.
3. Neglecting To Report Any Increases In Pain
While you are performing your exercises during your appointment, or at home, it is normal that your muscles may feel a little sore. However, this soreness should start to decrease the stronger your muscles become. Any increases in pain need to be reported, because working through the pain may cause further injury.
If you notice any spikes in your pain level while doing your exercises, make sure you tell your therapist which exercise is causing the discomfort, and the location of your pain. They can then review your technique to see if the pain is caused by improper form. If not, they may suggest an alternative exercise that will not cause you pain.
Avoiding the above mistakes and following your therapist treatment plan can help you get the most out of your sessions. If you have any questions or concerns, speak with the person who is providing you with your physical therapy treatment so they can give you personalized guidance. For more information, contact a company such as Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, P.C. today.