What to expect in physical therapy

Physical therapy really gained momentum in the United States around 1921, with published research. Since then, it has certainly evolved and grown into a highly respected and effective form of treatment for a myriad of physical issues. Additionally, because the integrity of the field is still rooted in research, physical therapy in Kennewick, WA from a clinic like Northwest Injury Clinics, has become a standard recommendation among the medical community for individuals who experience pain and/or injury.

Initial consultation

Upon your first visit, we will ask some questions regarding your pain and/or injury. We will also conduct a physical assessment in order to get a sense of your overall physical well-being and diagnose the cause of the pain and extent of the injury or stress. During the consultation phase,  you should ask any questions and express concerns that you may have. Most therapists have an open door policy, meaning they encourage communication and discussion with respect to your treatment plan. They believe in working together rather than dictating the treatment plan to their clients.

Weekly Appointments

The duration and frequency of appointments really depends on the diagnosis and original condition of the individual. Appointments can range from 30-60 minutes at a time. It is common for clients to attend weekly appointments, however, some of the more severe cases may require multiple appointments a week. It is typical for the frequency of appointments to decrease as your physical health improves. Additionally, clients who are committed to continuing exercises at home will likely see faster improvements.

Prognosis and the process of healing

Many therapists believe that the more committed the individual is to the treatment plan and prescribed exercises, the faster the individual is likely to heal. The clinic staff will guide you and provide mental support but it is really up to each individual to follow the plan. That is why it is imperative that you are a part of the planning process. Your therapist will discuss any changes to the treatment plan and encourages our clients to self-advocate as needed. After all, you know your body best.

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