Your doctor may have recently prescribed physical therapy due to an injury, an operation, or as a preventative measure to prevent further damage to a joint or a bone. The physical therapy treatment can be for a matter of weeks, or it could take months, based on your doctor’s evaluation.
Occasionally, physical therapy is prescribed in the form of a massage. More often, however, the treatment includes a rigorous training plan. It can sometimes be painful, stressful and tedious, but the key is to stick with it until you are completely healed.
Here are a few great reasons to stay motivated and not give up:
1. By not sticking to your plan, it is almost certain that you’ll end right back up in physical therapy. The pain will not get any better. In fact, the damage can worsen and be more painful than it was the first time. It’s even possible that a surgery which could have been avoided will now be required. It’s possible that surgery could cause even more pain and may be costly.
2. After surgery, the wound develops scar tissue. Scar tissue buildup causes tightness and additional pain, which can impede range of motion. Physical therapy can prevent a thick build-up of scar tissue and help the limb become flexible once again.
3. Due to inactivity caused by pain, you may have lost strength in your muscles, causing muscle atrophy. Physical therapy helps to rebuild your muscles. Working with a professional is key in coming up with a plan for regaining your strength and vitality.
4. Your quality of life is greatly improved once you’re healed. You’ll have little to no pain and can go back to living a normal life. You’ll be able to return to your old hobbies, such as bike riding or gardening. You’ll be more productive at work. Your mental health and overall outlook will improve when your body feels better.
After your therapy has ended, whether it is because the insurance only pays for a certain amount of visits, or you are considered well enough to no longer require it, you should still continue to routinely implement the valuable exercises you’ve been instructed to do. If this required the use of expensive equipment, you can always ask the therapist for advice on other exercises you can do instead. Often, all it takes is willpower and persistence, but the rewards are invaluable.