Let’s face it: nobody likes going to the doctor or to the dentist, and the same can likely be said for going to see a physical therapist. But at least with the latter, you know you are getting results and it is helping you progress through rehabilitation of your injury or condition. Right? If that’s not the case or you are seeing any of these other signs, you may in fact be with the wrong physical therapist.
You Aren’t Seeing Results
While many injuries do take some time to heal and allow for full range of motion, you should still see progress while on the plan. This is especially true with acute injuries, where you should be able to see a reduction in inflammation, for example, within the first week. Injuries such as tendinopathies or more chronic progressions may take longer, but if you aren’t seeing any results, especially after a couple of weeks, it may be time to speak to somebody else who can deal with your injury more effectively.
You Have the Same Treatment Plan
Good physical therapists will be able to modify your treatment plan as you go through the rehabilitation process. When you start your rehabilitation journey with a PT, they will likely indicate to you a plan for a course of action for treatment. Ideally, this protocol brings results and you can follow it. If, however, it fails to bring the desired outcomes, it is the responsibility of your PT to make changes, ask questions, and assess how to do things differently in an effort to get you pain-free and back to your normal routine. Failure of your PT to actively modify your plan could be a good sign you need someone else.
You Don’t Feel at Ease
Regardless of how painful your condition or the degree of treatment you require, it is important that you feel comfortable and at ease with your physical therapist. You should feel as if you can ask them questions and they have knowledgeable answers, or are willing to find them. You should feel as if you show up and are being cared about and looked after, and that your therapist is putting time and effort into helping you with your specific situation with an individualized plan. A therapist who is always in a rush, makes it hard for you to talk to them, or who just generally doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, may indeed not be a good fit. Seek the services of someone else and you will be much happier.
Here at Lattimore Physical Therapy, we are all about individualized care. We treat each patient individually and uniquely and are proud to offer quality work performed by top notch therapists. If you think you may need a new therapist to help you out with your injury or condition, reach out to us today to learn more.
The Lattimore Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation Network was founded by Physical Therapists John and Cindy Shuman in 1992. Since then Lattimore has grown to 20+ locations in 4 different counties.
What’s unique about Lattimore is our patient experience. We tailor your 1:1 treatment around your individual needs, conditions and goals. With us, you’re more than just a number. You’re a member of our local community and we’re invested in your success. Call 1–888-PT ROCHS to experience The Lattimore Way!
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