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Tips for Getting the Most from Your Physical Therapy

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When you’re in physical therapy, whether it be for post-operation rehab, a previous injury, or other pain-related issues, there are things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your therapy experience.

We understand that physical therapy can sometimes be seen as a burden or annoyance when added to the tasks and stresses of everyday life. Despite this, it is always in your best long-term interest to put effort into your treatment plan and to take it seriously so you can get back to living life like you were before your pain.

In order to get the most out of your physical therapy, there are three things you can do to help yourself while on the road to recovery:

Listen to Your Physical Therapist

You were originally referred to a physical therapist because they are the expert, so you should listen to what advice they have to offer. If they say that you should refrain from certain activities for a period of time, do so as it can benefit you.

Your therapist genuinely cares about your recovery, and though it may feel like your physical restrictions are unjust, it will pay dividends in the future.

Communicate with your Therapist

A large part of physical therapy is made up of different stretches and exercises that help re-strengthen the injured area of your body to improve mobility. If a certain motion or move causes significant pain, tell your therapist! They can use that information to better tailor your program to suit your needs.

Some exercises will naturally cause mild discomfort because the affected area is still recovering, but anything beyond that should be communicated to your therapist. After all, they are there to help you, not hurt you.

Do your Homework

Your therapist will likely give you a list of exercises to do at home, and for a full and timely recovery, you should stick to that plan. You may only see your therapist once or twice a week, so working on the recommended exercises on your own is important.

Physical therapy can do wonders for an injured part of the body – but only if you put in the appropriate amount of work. If you are on the road to recovery from a surgery, injury, or you are looking to eliminate nagging pain that has been a part of your life for a long time, the above tips will help ensure you recover quickly and efficiently.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, have broken a bone, or suffer from another orthopaedic condition, request an appointment online or call (904) 825-0540 to meet with one of our orthopaedic physicians. Following diagnosis and treatment of your condition, our physicians may refer you to our skilled physical and occupational therapists.


Ryan Hemelt - Physical and Occupational Therapy in St. AugustineRyan Hemelt – DPT, MOTR/L
Director of Rehabilitation, overseeing all physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and sports medicine outreach programs.