A new year brings about a lot of emotions. We are excited for a fresh start and we are encouraged to make healthy changes compared to last year. But what if you have pain? What if you start exercising and you start to hurt? I want to tell you about physical therapy and how we can help you reach those New Year’s resolutions.
Physical therapists are trained in the ability to evaluate how you move and come up with a plan to help improve that movement in a pain free way. But what does that look like? Well, let’s talk about it.
The first thing a physical therapy evaluation includes is discussion of your history. We want to know what you have done in the past and what led to an increase in discomfort. We also want to know what your goals are. Maybe you want to be able to pick up your grandkids or maybe you want to be able to golf this summer. These are things that physical therapy can help you get back to.
After we talk about your main complaint and your goals, then we look at how you move. This includes watching you walk, strength testing, and then do other activities that may be related to your injury. Some of these movements may be difficult for you but this will help us come up with a plan to help you move better.
On that first evaluation we will also give you a few exercises to go home with. This may include some simple stretching or strengthening movement that we discuss and have you practice in the clinic.
At the end of the session, we go over everything we talked about and figure out how many times you need to come in. Sometimes people want to come in 2 or 3 times a week or you may only want to do once a week for a few weeks. This is something you can talk to your therapist about and come up with a plan that works for everyone.
We want you to be successful with reaching your fitness and movement based goals for 2022! We would love to help you should you have pain or difficulty reaching these goals. Please feel free to call any office to discuss with a physical therapist on how we may be able to help!