Three Things You Need To Know About Physical Therapy

If you have had an injury or surgery of some sort, you are probably getting ready to start physical therapy. Most doctors and medical professionals will recommend that you get physical therapy after an injury or major medical procedure because it can help you not only heal quicker, but heal properly. Here are some things that you need to know about physical therapy.

1. You Might Be Asked To Do Exercises That Don't Involve The Injured Site

One of the reasons people get physical therapy is so that they can keep their body strong while they are healing. For instance, assume a child gets a surgery that compromises their ability to walk. In the time that it takes to heal the child figures out other ways to get around, like scooting on the floor, and completely neglects to walk to use their muscles.

Not only is the part that is healing suffering, but the muscles in the legs that are healthy are not being exercised and are becoming weak. If you want to have full mobility and use of your body like you did before you will not only need to work the muscles that have been injured, but keep other parts of your body active and healthy as well.

2. You Should Always Stay Strictly To The Plan

Second, don't fall into the trap of thinking that if you go farther than the physical therapist says, you will heal faster. This is dangerous thinking. The therapist is trying to help your body heal in the fastest and safest way possible. If you start adding more exercises that you find on the Internet, doing more repetitions than you should, or neglecting to do all of the exercises, you put yourself at risk for more injury and won't heal properly.

Your physical therapist has made a plan specifically for you and your injury. Thus, don't follow something on the Internet, or said by someone who is not your therapist, since they don't know your medical history and what is right for you.

3. You Need To Be Patient With Your Body

Lastly, be patient with yourself and know that it takes time to heal. Even through physical therapy may make you stronger and even can shave off some of your healing time, it will take time. And in order to truly get back to normal, you have to be patient with your body and allow it to heal on it's own.

By understanding these things you can get the most out of your physical therapy. For more information, contact a professional in your area like those found at Snow Creek Medical Center.