Physical therapy is a common and legitimate treatment option for many different conditions, injuries, as well as surgery recovery. Physical therapy is aimed at improving symptoms and pain, but sometimes patients experience worsening symptoms after engaging in physical therapy exercises. In this article, we are going to discuss what to do if your symptoms worsen after physical therapy.
Set Your Expectations
Before you begin a physical therapy program, it’s important to set your expectations. A lot of patients think that physical therapy is going to be a walk in the park, and many are surprised by how tough it is. Remember, physical therapy isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s designed to improve your body’s range-of-motion and functionality, and that can be painful – especially if you’re recovering from an injury or a surgical procedure.
Addressing Patient Concerns
With all that said, patient concerns are always legitimate. If it seems your symptoms are getting worse as a result of your physical therapy routine, the first thing you should do is bring your concerns to your physical therapist. They will be able to listen to your concerns, respond to them, and perhaps offer other exercises that will help reduce your symptoms.
Physical Therapy Clinic in the Twin Cities
OrthoRehab Specialists provides physical rehabilitation care to patients throughout Minneapolis / St. Paul and the surrounding Minnesota suburbs. We have over 600 referring providers who routinely send us patients for continued care after surgery or injury. In addition, we offer direct access to physical therapy care in the state of Minnesota. That means that you can make an appointment with us even without a prescription from your physician. Contact us today at our Twin Cities physical therapy clinics today to set up your appointment with an experienced physical therapist.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations