There are a number of accidents, illnesses and conditions that may require physical therapy. The good news is you aren’t limited to the therapists that your doctor recommends. You have the ability to choose your own physical therapist, but there are a few things you should consider before doing so. Here are just a few things to consider to help you choose the right physical therapist.
Your physician will be able to tell which location would be best for your physical therapy. For some, a facility located in your hometown may be the best option, while for others a home based treatment program may be the only option. You should also consider a physical therapy facility that offers housing to prevent long trips from your home.
Opt for a Therapist That Specializes in Your Condition
There are a number of conditions that require physical therapy. This means that not every therapist will specialize in your condition. When searching for therapists, it may be more beneficial to search for therapists based on your condition. You may even want to choose therapists that only specialize in a few areas so that they are more likely to have a better understanding of your condition and needs. This will help ensure you get the best therapy possible.
Chances are you know others that have had some sort of physical therapy. These people will be able to give you the best recommendations. They can tell you how they were treated at the facility or whether or not the home treatment was beneficial. Someone that knows you well will be able to give you better recommendations that an online review ever could.
View the Facility
You should never choose a physical therapist without viewing the facility. You want to make sure that the equipment is in good shape and that the facility will be a comfortable place to visit for the length of your treatment. If you will be treated at home, ask to see the equipment that will be used to help in your recovery.
Speak with the Therapist
Last, but not least, always speak one-on-one with the therapist. If the person seems burned out, they will not be a good choice for your therapy. You want someone that enjoys what they do and has a pleasant demeanor. Someone that has a vibrant attitude will better encourage you in the healing process.
Physical therapy can take weeks, sometimes months. It pays to have the right therapist so that your therapy is right for you and your condition.
About the Author: SHelby Russon is an EKG technician who works in a cardiac physical rehabilitation center. She urges patients to take the time to choose a therapist they are comfortable with, especially if they are paing out of pocket.