If you have recently had back surgery, physical therapy is often an important aspect of your recovery. However, you don’t just want to go to any physical therapist. For starters, it’s important to find someone experienced with your specific back issue. You also want to ensure that you and the physical therapist have compatible personalities and that they are trustworthy.
Choose a Professional Who Sees You as a Unique Individual
While the person you select for physical therapy might work with several other people with your same condition, that doesn’t mean they should take a one-size-fits-all approach. The person should be well-versed in the latest medical research about your condition along with the best approaches to treating it. Don’t be afraid to ask how old the facility’s equipment is or what the attitude is towards trying new therapies. It’s important that your physical therapist use evidence-based treatment that’s highly tailored to you as the patient.
Before a person can practice as a physical therapist, they must show evidence of a degree from an accredited program as well as pass a licensure examination at the national level. In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association reports that this is the most important thing to research when looking for a new physical therapist.
Look for Someone Who Will Consider the Big Picture
Your back pain is a major concern and the reason you’re seeking physical therapy in the first place. However, it’s far from being the only aspect of your health that’s important. This is the reason you want to work with a medical professional who will consider your body as a whole when designing exercises for you.
For example, suffering from chronic back pain for years before your surgery could have thrown off your spinal alignment and how you walk. The person working with you would need to consider walking and spinal exercises with you in this case. At the same time, they should know which exercises are best to avoid until you’re stronger in your recovery.
Make Sure You Understand Expectations for Home Exercises
Physical therapy typically only takes place for one hour a week. That is not nearly enough time to achieve the recovery you desire. You must commit to completing several hours of exercises at home as well. As you research local physical therapists, look for one who makes expectations clear and who will continually challenge you.
Dr. Kiehm at Capital City Neurosurgery is Available to Help You
If you’re frustrated in your search for a physical therapist or feel limited by your insurance options, let Dr. Kiehm know. He is happy to help with finding the right therapist for your situation. Just call 614-442-0700 to request assistance.