Keep up with your homework, but follow your therapist's instructions to the letter. If you add more weight and reps, or exercise more often than you're told to, you won't heal any faster.
Bring a list of your meds to your first appointment and any X-rays or MRIs.
Just like your doctor, you want a physical therapist who has experience with your condition. Ask questions about his background, the plan for your therapy, any special equipment you'll need, and how long your treatment will last.
Physical Therapy has the key word physical in it, so there will be some work involved. Don’t worry; your physical therapist is there to work with you to achieve success.
Too often our patients in their 60’s and 70’s don’t see themselves lifting weights (appropriate for their level) and getting stronger. It is a misconception that only the young can build muscle and get stronger.
If you’re experiencing any kind of pain, whether before, during, or after your workout, or no workout at all, it is important to determine/understand the root of the problem.
Okay, this one is not necessary, but it does make a difference to most people when you can see yourself get faster, stronger, and able to endure more.
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