What is the goal of physical therapy really? Of course we aim to decrease your pain, improve your strength, and improve your function, but what is the end result? Lets take this scenario. If you have a stiff shoulder and come into physical therapy 2x/week but don’t do your home exercise/stretching program, do you think you’re going to get better? Rhetorical question, but you’d probably make some gains just not enough that you’d be happy with.
The goal of physical therapy is to EMPOWER YOU. We aim to educate you about your diagnosis, why you have the injury and how you can prevent the injury in the future. Let me repeat that: how you can PREVENT your injury in the future. We can only do so much to supply you with the tools you need to maintain a healthy back, knee hip, shoulder, etc. but the follow through ultimately falls on you. When you don’t follow through we see the “repeat offenders” (while we love you guys!) for the same injury on the same side without a known mechanism of injury. Grab the reins on your rehab, and try to learn as much as you can about your condition. Knowing what to do is half the battle, and that’s why we’re here to provide you with that guidance. But remember, tools left in a toolbox won’t do anyone any good!
– Meghan J., Physical Therapist at Dedham Health