Your source for rehabilitation, post rehabilitation, and injury prevention.
During a Physical Therapy session, the main questions I am asked by my patients are:
What do I need to do to get better?
What should I “not be doing” so I can avoid re-injury?
When should I be performing these physical therapy home exercises so I do not make my condition worse?
Am I doing the home exercise program correctly?
How often should I be doing the home exercise program?
What exactly are these particular home exercises focusing on?
As Therapists, we are here to guide you through your physical therapy. But the majority of the responsibility for your rehabilitation and recovery is yours. You MUST do the physical therapy home exercises (even if you are not attending your therapy sessions) if you intend to recover from your injury in a timely manner!
Many patients choose their job over their health/recovery, so they miss multiple physical therapy visits, and some never even return.
Most likely, patients attend only a few physical therapy visits due to their limited insurance coverage, the expense of time and money, as well as the fear of losing their job. They will be discharged from physical therapy, many times sooner than they feel is appropriate, with a home exercise program worksheet showing stick figures and brief descriptions of the proper techniques for the home exercises. They often lose this home exercise program handout and never perform the beneficial physical therapy home exercises again. Due to poor insurance coverage, Physical Therapy clinics may even refuse to take your insurance.
Not only do you have high co-pays, but most clinics may hesitate to accept you as a patient because their reimbursement is so low. If they do decide to treat you for your injury, they may double or triple book you with other patients in order to make it more profitable (who can blame them!).
This means, you will be spending an hour or more in the physical therapy clinic, sharing time with other patients, when you could have performed the physical therapy exercises in 20 minutes at home, and still have time for your work and family responsibilities.