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Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Physical Therapy

by Claire Ward

Physical therapy is beneficial for you whether you are injured, recovering from surgery, or have a sports-related problem. It's important that you work with a licensed, professional therapist who can tailor the right exercise program for you. However, physical therapy is not an automatic cure-all and sometimes you need to take extra steps to keep it working for you. If your physical therapy is not working, then here are some ways that you may be sabotaging yourself.

You Aren't Doing Your Exercises

In addition to working directly with your therapist during your appointments, you also need to do exercises on your own even if they're uncomfortable or slightly painful. Consistency and repetition are important for building muscle and retaining or gaining flexibility. Failure to follow instructions and continue with your home exercises will make your recovery slower.

You Cancel/Postpone Appointments

While it is understandable that you would cancel an appointment when you are in pain or stiff, physical therapy should help reduce the chance of pain and inflammation in the future. However, when you do go to your appointments, make sure you tell your therapist if your pain is severe or gets worse.

You Exacerbate Your Injuries

You may be tempted to engage in rigorous exercises when you are feeling good, but don't do them without your doctor's or therapist's consent. If you try to do too much too soon, you could make symptoms worse. For example, if you are doing physical therapy for your ankle and go out running, then you could easily re-injure yourself.

Your Injury is Too Severe or Permanent

If, after working with a physical therapist for a while, you see no changes or improvement, then you should see your doctor for a reassessment. There is a chance that the injury is too severe for a complete recovery. Your doctor may recommend other treatments for pain relief or other types of therapy.

Your Attitude is Not Positive

On top of everything, try to maintain a positive attitude about your therapy. When you remain optimistic and feel positive, then you are more likely to continue with your exercises and come to your appointments even when you aren't feeling up to the task. A positive attitude could make a difference in your recovery.

Physical therapy is often necessary to both regain and retain flexibility and movement after certain medical incidents. Working with your therapist is important if you want to progress and get better without causing further injury. If your doctor has prescribed physical therapy for you, then contact a licensed therapist.


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