There are many levels to recovery from surgery or an injury, and physical therapy is a critical part of the process. No matter how good the surgeon might be, without follow-up care to regain strength, flexibility and other lifestyle factors, the recovery process remains unfinished. There are a number of factors which can affect the effectiveness of physical therapy, both factual and less tangible. Here are a number of issues to consider when choosing the right caregiver and facility:
- Location, location, location. If you can’t get there easily, chances are you won’t go. Find a place that’s near your home or place of work, or that you pass by regularly, so that you will be certain to keep the appointments you make.
- Can they fit you in? If the location is so popular that you can’t get an appointment for two weeks after therapy is supposed to start, you’re better off finding a facility where you can get started before you lose range of motion or other key recovery factors.
- Do they have what you need? If swimming is part of your therapy, make sure they have a pool. In fact, visit likely facilities for a tour before setting up your first appointment, because you’ll want to make sure that the pool, as well as the rest of the facility, is clean and well cared for.
- Do they have the experience you need? Talk with the facility about your particular needs and make sure that they have a professional in physical therapy that has experience in that area. Ask if you can speak with them for a few minutes, to get a sense of whether you would get along with that person—and be willing to follow their direction.
- Do they take your insurance? Just because a facility was recommended by a doctor who takes your insurance doesn’t mean the physical therapy practice does.
- Do they charge for cancelled appointments? Get a copy of their policies. Will you see the same therapist each time, so that you develop a good relationship and they understand your healing process?
The bottom line really, with any facility where you will be spending a lot of time, are those less tangible issues: will you want to be there, a couple times a week, for a number of weeks? Do you trust them with your recovery process? Pay attention to that “art” of choosing a physical therapist as well as the more factual questions above, and your recovery process is much more likely to succeed.
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