Physical Therapy on the Go
Hi! Dr. Nick here! I'm here to chat with you about maintaining your rehab/recovery while away from the clinic.
Let’s say that you have been going to physical therapy for 3-4 weeks now and you and your therapist are finally seeing some progress in pain levels and function. You are excited about the improvement you have made, but next week you are going away and will miss a whole week of treatment. The last thing you or your Physical Therapist wants is a regression in progress.
Don’t worry, there is a solution!
All you have to do is ask your therapist to establish a home exercise program you can do safely while you are away to make sure you continue on your road to recovery. Spend the last session you have before you leave to go over exactly what they want you to do while you are away. This ensures you perform the movements correctly and safely. This "out of the box" program allows you to come back from your time away and pick up right where you left off.
Trust me, it is crucial to spend 10-15 minutes a day, even while you are away, to perform your rehab exercises to build on your previously gained progress.
All PTs should be giving you "homework" to do while outside the clinic. This consistency is what creates results and good habits. If you have been to PT before, but have not received a home exercise program (HEP), message us and ask how we can help!
~ Dr. Nick