Whether you suffer from a chronic medical condition or you have sustained an injury, if your mobility has been impacted or if you are experiencing pain, your doctor may recommend physical therapy.
Physical therapy is a highly effective form of treatment that is used to remedy the impact that a variety of health conditions and injuries that impact a person’s physical abilities. Several methods, such as exercise, massage and heat treatment, are used to improve the physical limitations that are experienced as a result of health conditions or injuries. The effects of physical therapy can successfully restore mobility, build strength, increase range of motion, boost endurance, and restore balance, among other things.
If your doctor has recommended physical therapy, you may be wondering what to expect during your treatment. To better prepare you, here is a look at the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that patients have about physical therapy.
What should I expect during my treatments?
Your first visit will involve an evaluation. During this evaluation, your physical therapist will ask you several questions related to your condition and will conduct an examination to determine your condition and how it is impacting you. Using the information gathered from this evaluation, your physical therapist will devise a customized treatment plan that will aim to improve your particular needs. Your treatment plan can include a number of methods, including exercise, massage, electrical stimulation or joint mobilization. Once your plan is devised, you will begin treatment.
How long will I need physical therapy treatments?
That is completely dependent on your particular situation. Generally speaking, the average person needs six treatments to see results; however, this can vary depending on the extent of your physical limitations and the injury or illness that is being treated, as well as your progress.
What should I wear during my sessions?
Clothing that is comfortable and that is appropriate for exercise is recommended. You should also wear shoes that are comfortable and provide support and traction. Make sure that the part of your body that is being treated is exposed, or can be easily exposed. Depending on the location that is being treated, you may be asked to wear a gown (don’t worry; the gown will conceal you, but it will allow your physical therapist to better access the area that needs to be treatments.
What will my physical therapist do?
A physical therapist is a health professional that is trained to evaluate and treat dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists are specifically trained to improve function and movement, to relieve pain and to increase the potential of movement.
If you live or work in Oakdale, the home of the illustrious Byron Lake Park, and you are in need of physical therapy, call Panetta Physical Therapy. Their team of expert therapists will devise the best treatment plan for you and will successfully restore your mobility and ease your pain.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when my doctor recommended physical therapy after I broke my leg in a work-related accident. The staff at Panetta Physical Therapy are caring and thoughtful professionals who went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. Thanks to them, I can climb stairs again! I would recommend Panetta Physical Therapy to anyone.”