5 ways to make the most out of your physiotherapy appointment
For some, meeting and speaking with a healthcare provider can be an intimidating experience. Many people reflect after an appointment and remember all the questions they forgot to ask. To avoid this from happening, here are five tips to make the most out of your physiotherapy session:
Voice your primary concern.
We want to hear all about what’s bothering you so that we can assist to the best of our abilities. If you have time, write down some notes or key questions you have about your main issues so you can raise them at your appointment. Consider the timeline of your condition, aggravating and easing factors, and other lifestyle factors that you think may be contributing.
2. Determine your goals prior to attending the appointment.
Would you like to know more about your condition? What do you think you need to help in your recovery? Are you looking for exercises or strategies that you can take home with you? What other resources would you like? Let your provider know what you would like to get out of the experience.
3. Tell us about your concerns and worries.
There are excellent research suggesting that our thoughts, beliefs and emotions can influence our pain. Sometimes being worried about pain or a health related condition can influence the recovery. Let your provider know of anything scary or worrisome to you, as this information might be useful to help you get better faster.
4. Ask what you can do to help yourself.
After your visit, you should leave with a bit of homework. This homework usually consists of movement strategies, but may also consist of learning more about your condition or digging into other resources in your local community.
5. Devise an open communication plan.
Speak with your provider about how you should remain in touch during your recovery and get some idea of how often they want to see you; this ensures both you and your provider are on the same page with regards to treatment expectations.
This guide will hopefully relieve some of the stress of attending any healthcare appointment. Speak to one of our providers if you have further questions, and book your appointment here.
By Jeff Jukes, Physiotherapist