What Happens After Physical Therapy Services Have Ended?

Published: 23rd May 2010
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Physiotherapy can feel like an eternity for some patients. It takes a large amount of patient and endurance to keep at it for patients dealing with severe injuries. Just scheduling appointments can be a real struggle to fit in with your day to day plans.

Patients often feel like celebrating when treatment has successfully concluded; but what comes after your physical therapy services have come to end?



Take Away Instructions:



After your course of therapy has been completed, your physiotherapist will leave you with words of advice to follow. One important thing to keep in mind is that any exercises you are doing should be remembered if an injury should start to reoccur.



For example, if you have a problem with a vertebra in your neck, physical therapy can often help. Post physical therapy, though, your neck may start getting stiff and feeling painful again. Remembering and doing your physiotherapy exercises may stop the condition from getting any worse, and may in fact alleviate it completely.



Your therapist should provide you with a take-away brochure detailing each exercise to use as a reference.



You may also be instructed on the proper use of heat packs and ice packs at home. It may be a refresher course for you, but you will be on your own, so you need to pay attention. You may be told to go to the doctor at the first sign of relapse after physiotherapy.



Prevention Of Reoccurrence:



Prevention will be an important concern after physiotherapy. The last thing you need is to have to go through the process again. You can take precautionary steps to avoid future injuries that would require you to go back to therapy.



Most aerobic exercises are very beneficial both during and after physio care. It can strengthen your muscles, increase healthy oxygen levels to the muscles, and even help you lose weight safely. Safe aerobic exercises you can ease into include walking, swimming, or light bicycling. Any exercise that gets you breathing heavily and your heart rate up will do.



In injuries like low back pain, weight loss can be a factor. It can mean less stress on your bones and muscles. Therefore, diet can play an important role in prevention after physiotherapy. It does not have to be an elaborate diet; a simple diet that portions foods, especially carbohydrates and saturated fats.



Other preventative features of life after physiotherapy involve the workplace. You should learn the proper movements to get the job done - safely. Another thing to consider is to make sure you use all the ergonomic equipment that is already available in your office or workplace.



You should also know your limitations. Forget trying to lift a two-hundred and fifty pound object by yourself - right. After Physio, injury can quickly reoccur if you don't take care of your body properly. Use common sense. Stay away from anything that can re-injur you in the way you were injuired before.



Life after physiotherapy may be a more cautious affair than is was before. You should think carefully before acting. Regardless of your actions, it is possible that you may require future physio treatments, but the best thing to do, is to focus on doing your best at following the advice of your local physiotherapist.





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