For some of us, going to the physical therapist for consultations might be a little difficult. Why? Simply because the first thing that you have to do to get there is admit that there is something wrong with you. So if you’re not ready to do that, going to the therapist might be a little impossible. However, we should also think about prolonging an illness or any feeling of disorder. It may lead to complications.
When you visit your PT, it is important that you make the visit productive. With that, there will be things that you need to do, and one of which is to ask the PT questions about the things that you have been feeling lately.
Of course, before going to the PT, you need to ask –if not the PT himself- people around you about the qualifications of the PT you are about to visit. When you choose a PT, make sure he or she is licensed, so that you won’t have any problems dealing with wrong diagnosis, evaluations, prescriptions, etc.
You should also ask him or her about the program: how long it lasts, what the program is all about, and how will it affect you in future. Of course, these are the very basic things that you need to ask or do, so that you will have your own expectations as well. With that, you will also know what the PT expects of you.
To make the visit short yet productive, you should list down all the unusual things that you have been feeling. Make a list of the parts of the body where you feel painful, how long it lasts, when it usually occurs, and all the other observations you have related to the reason why you’re seeking consultations. You need this because the PT will also ask you questions for him or her to evaluate and pinpoint what exactly is wrong with you. Prepare for these questions, and ask questions as well, so that everything will be clear to you before the session ends. Your PT will be more than happy to address your questions, as he or she also wants to get you back in shape as soon as possible. And yes, bringing your medical history is helpful, as it will also help the PT evaluate what’s wrong with you.
Do not be afraid to visit your PT. The earlier the illness is diagnosed and cured, the better. Some of us may feel like we don’t want to disclose very private details to a stranger, but PTs are not strangers. They are trained and dedicated to help us restore our bodies back to its old shape- the healthier ones. Visit your PT now.
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