When you’re treating a condition with physical therapy, a significant factor in your successful recovery is going to be the connection you have with your physical therapist. A PT is not someone you spend half an hour with once a year like your primary doctor. Your progress every session is contingent upon a positive and trusting working relationship!
With so many facilities out there filled with qualified therapists, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. As long as you take your time choosing your physical therapist and keep these important tips in mind, you’re sure to find a great match!
Research the clinic.
Your first step in evaluating a PT clinic should be making sure all employed therapists and assistants are certified and experienced. Then, before you go any further, check that they accept your insurance and have therapists who specialize in your condition.
Arrange to visit the office before you make an appointment and observe how clean, friendly, and well-maintained the atmosphere is. A quality facility will be well-equipped and able to offer you multiple types of therapy.
Choose someone you get along with.
It’s important that you feel comfortable talking to your physical therapist openly and honestly about your healing process. Work with someone who assures you that they’re invested in your recovery and whose advice you can trust.
You need to be able to speak up during a PT session if you’re uncomfortable doing an exercise, experiencing pain, or have any questions about what’s happening. A good therapist will help you feel relaxed, motivated, and positive about the work you’re doing!
Make sure you can see the same person regularly.
Consistency is key to your recovery. Your physical therapist should learn how your body functions and what your specific needs are—mentally and physically. Working with the same person each session is the only way to achieve this.
When you visit the clinic, notice how therapists are interacting with their patients. Are they distractedly moving from person to person? Or are they comprehensively treating one patient at a time? The right physical therapist will be able to give you personalized, undivided attention and care every session!
AT CT Physical Therapy Care, our philosophy is to treat the whole person—not just the condition. Our qualified therapists will take the time to listen and get to know you, so we can come up with an individualized plan for your recovery. If you’re looking for a first-class physical therapy experience, contact us today to make your first appointment!