Many patients consider physical therapy to be an in-and-out type of treatment. You sustain an injury, visit a physical therapist for rehabilitation, and then stop physical therapy once you’re better. However, many injuries and conditions have recurring issues that may require a return to physical therapy months or years after the fact. In this article, we are going to discuss when to return to physical therapy after you’ve stopped.
When Physical Therapy Stops
Many patients visit a physical therapist when they are recovering from an injury, or after a surgical procedure. When they are sufficiently recovered from their procedure or injury, most patients stop going to physical therapy. They got the care they needed and then went on their way. What most patients don’t realize is that issues from an injury or condition can recur long after the fact, and physical therapy may need to be revisited.
When to Return to Physical Therapy
So how do you know when you should return to physical therapy treatment? That’s a great question that’s highly dependent on the patient in question. That being said, there are a few warning signs that may indicate a need to revisit physical therapy, including:
- Pain flare ups in the previously injured area
- Decreased range-of-motion or functionality in the area
- Pain that gets worse with certain activities
Minneapolis Physical Therapy
OrthoRehab Specialists provides physical therapy care to patients in the Twin Cities and throughout the state of Minnesota. Our rehabilitation specialists offer direct access to physical therapy, and have existing relationships with over 600 doctors and surgeons in the area who regularly refer their patients to us for continued rehabilitation. If you’ve sustained an injury or you’re recovering from a surgical procedure, make an appointment with a physical therapist to go through your options for recovery. Contact us at our Minneapolis or Edina physical therapy clinics today to set up your appointment.