When you need physical therapy, or orthopedic rehabilitation, it can be difficult to know where to look. After all, you are in pain, and you don’t have your normal amount of energy to look for a physical therapist. Fortunately, it’s easy to find a physical therapist who can help you feel better, and live pain-free.
Where Do I Start?
Whether you are looking for post-op rehab, motor vehicle accident injury rehab, or TMJ treatment a physical therapist could help you feel better fast. Start by talking to your doctor or another medical provider. They may very well have someone they can recommend. You will want to find someone who specializes in treating the type of injury or pain that you have. Otherwise, you might get a generalized treatment plan that will not work for you.
Try to find a physical therapist who is close to you. When you are in pain, it can make that pain worse to have to drive a long distance to see a medical person. If there’s nobody near you, consider your options. Physical therapy is a proven treatment method for many injuries, so it may be worthwhile for you to drive a longer distance or relocate temporarily while you’re going through treatment. Make sure you are willing to commit to the drive before you choose a therapist, though.
You’ll also want to find a physical therapist who has some years of experience in the field. This gives them the authority to know how to treat your condition and also helps them to relax as a medical provider. When your provider is relaxed, they can talk and listen more easily to you and you may feel more comfortable working with them. A lot of times, experience improves a practitioner’s bedside manner.
Meeting With a Therapist
When you meet with a therapist for the first time, take that as a chance to get to know them and to let them get to know you. Make sure that you feel comfortable with your physical therapy provider. You should feel like your provider listens to you, and like they understand what is going on with your body. You should also feel comfortable with the plan that they come up with for your rehabilitation. if you don’t feel like you can handle the rehabilitation process, for you are worried about part of their plan, talk to them before you agree to continue working with them.
You should feel confident in your physical therapist’s ability to help you heal. Whether you’re looking for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome treatment, post-op rehabilitation, or rehab for motor vehicle accident injuries, your therapist should be someone you can trust. If you feel concerned about their expertise or their experience, or you feel they say anything inappropriate to you, you should try to find someone else to work with.
At Colorado Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists, we have physical therapists ready to work with you. We can match you with someone whose experience meets your place of pain so that you can find the fastest possible way to relief.