Welcome to Physical Therapy! Your doctor has referred you to physical therapy so that you can improve your mobility and quality of life. Here are some important things to know.
Physical Therapists are licensed health care professionals who have received a degree from an accredited PT program and passed the state licensing examination. They have in-depth knowledge about the human body. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who perform examinations and treatments in order to improve your level of activity and community participation. To learn more about Theresa Najjar, our physical therapist, click here.
The goal of physical therapy is to improve or restore function and help people return to the activities they love doing to the best of their ability. Remember, there may be limitations to overall recovery, but each person has the opportunity to be the best they can be.
Wearing comfortable clothing that can move freely will allow you to get the most out of your physical therapy session. Examples include sweat pants, yoga pants, and t-shirts. Comfortable and supportive footwear is a must. Examples include sneakers or tennis shoes. Please do not wear sandals or shoes with a heel (unless medically necessary).
Physical Therapy is performed as an “episode of care” meaning you work with your physical therapist for a specific time frame and then continue to work on your own afterward via your home exercise program and community programs. Your physical therapist will work with you to set goals for treatment and a time frame to achieve those goals. Treatment frequency and duration is unique for every person and is adjusted based on your physical activity tolerance, level of mobility, willingness to participate, and your goals.
Expect to work! Remember, physical therapy is not something that is done to you. Instead, it is something you do. Keep in mind that your physical therapist will design your treatment program based on your initial examination and the goals that you establish together. You may receive instruction in exercise, stretching, body mechanics, and posture. Your physical therapist may also make recommendations on assistive devices and adaptive equipment. And, most importantly, expect a home exercise program!
Yes! Everyone should exercise, no matter their mobility level! You and your physical therapist will discuss community exercise recommendations and, if needed, exercise modifications. Your home exercise program is a good place to start, but it is also important to stay active throughout your day. Some ways to increase your activity level include: