Physical therapy is a proven and effective route for several physical ailments and issues. It’s a field of practice that makes use of hands-on techniques, heat and cold stimulation, massage and electric stimulation of the muscles.
It can sound scary for someone who’s never experienced it before and suddenly requires treatment. Physical therapy can be performed in the aftermath of an injury, surgery or any kind of physical deformity, as a way of avoiding aggravating the situation.
What should I ask my physical therapist?
Before deciding to go through with a PT’s services, there are some things you might want to ask. This includes any fears and confusions you might be having, any questions about their work experience, what techniques and treatment plan would be used for you and so much more.
At ProMove PT, we work with hundreds of clients who visit our physical therapy clinic in Bethesda, MD.
1) Are you trained to treat my condition? What are your qualifications?
This one is pretty basic. For most, to become a PT and practice, you must get an undergraduate with relevant pre-requisites for the PTCAS. Following that, any licensed and board-certified practitioner would have to graduate from a CAPTE-accredited program and clear the NPTE. You should make sure your therapist is qualified and has experience treating your condition.
At ProMove PT, our practitioners are highly skilled and qualified, whether they’re manual therapists or specialize in other techniques.
2) What techniques will be used to treat my condition?
Depending on the severity and stage of your condition, there can be a range of treatment and therapy techniques that go into your plan. From soft tissue to joint mobilization and manipulation, or use of therapeutic exercises to alleviate pain and symptoms, there can be a range of solutions. Don’t hesitate to ask and find out what they deem suitable—you have the right to know for your own peace of mind.
3) How many sessions do I need and how long will each last? What is m expected recovery time?
This is also an important conversation to have. Your physical therapist should be able to evaluate how long your treatment will last, how many sessions you’d require and how long each of them would last. They can last anywhere from half an hour to an hour.
4) What do I need to do at home?
Your practitioner will also share with you exercises to perform at home, between sessions, or following treatment. Ask them if you need to invest in special equipment for at-home practice so you’re best prepared.
If you’re ready to come in for your first consultation with us, contact us to make an appointment.