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Health

Three things your PT wants you to know

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Physical therapists treat a wide range of aches, pains and injuries, and research shows that physical therapy can be more effective than surgery in treating some conditions.

Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, Ltd. offers these three things your PT wants you to know:

1. Make consistent appointments.

You and your PT should have discussed how long and often you will need to perform PT. One of the best predictors of successful PT is consistent attendance, so try to stick with this schedule as closely as possible.

Research shows that treatment frequency at 2-3 times each week while ensuring attendance will significantly increase the patient’s likelihood of reaching a successful outcome. PT is a team effort between the therapist and the patient. Discuss your goals with your therapist each week to track progress and remain motivated to set aside time for continued therapy.

2. Keep to a schedule and hold yourself accountable.

Evaluate your day and identify a time when you are able to get more done, or when you are experiencing less pain. This is the perfect time to complete some – or all – of your home program.

If your home program is not working for you, talk to your therapist. Do not be afraid to tell your therapist about an exercise you hate (or love for that matter).

3. Therapeutic discomfort doesn’t always mean damage.

Pain is scary – we know that. Remember that each visit won’t be as intense as the evaluation. Feeling sore after the evaluation can be a normal response. Talk to your therapist about any discomfort that you are experiencing.

In certain cases, some amount of discomfort is normal and does not mean you are hurting yourself. Always discuss this with your PT and never push beyond your own comfort zone. Keep an open communication with your therapist for the best results!

Be Fit Physical Therapy and Pilates: 4934 Main St. Downers Grove, IL 60515, (630) 964-4008, www.befitpt.com