Physical therapy or rehabilitation is a crucial step when it comes to recovery. Physical therapy can be powerful and effective when you work with the right therapist and take the right actions. We highlight the best things to keep in mind when searching for the right physical therapist.
Ask for a Referral from Your Doctor
One of the first steps to take when looking for the right physical therapist is getting a referral from your doctor. It can be hard to know where to start, but with your doctor, you can discuss what exactly you are looking for in physical therapy. From this, a doctor will be able to point you in the right direction.
Choosing a Professional You Feel Comfortable With
Before anything else, it is important to assess how well you and your physical therapist get along. A trusted therapist provides the following:
- Active listening and communication
- Following up with health concerns and/or pain
- Effective yet gentle manual skills
- Strong relationships with patients
- Makes patients feel comfortable
If you walk out feeling better than when you first came in, you have the right physical therapist!
The Therapist’s Experience
Experience is a crucial factor to consider when working with any professional. You can start your search by asking the following:
- How many patients have you worked with with the same diagnosis/condition as mine?
- What licenses, certifications, or credentials do you have?
- Do you have any advanced training or certifications?
The more experience that a physical therapist the more likely you will see the results you are looking for.
Specialized Physical Therapists
Should you have particular needs when it comes to physical therapy, it is highly recommended to look into an El Paso therapist that specializes in certain areas. Our therapy clinic specializes in personalized treatment, chronic pain management, and more. We are confident that we can address your health concerns with our various services. That said, the more specific services your therapist offers, the better off you will be.
Proximity to Your Home
While this is not a deal breaker, finding a physical therapy clinic close to your El Paso home or at a convenient location is much easier. Should you need to get to an appointment as soon as you get out of work or after running errands, you shouldn’t have to rush around. It is best to find a clinic that is close to either your home or work (or both) to make things easier for you!
Insurance They Take
Another factor is the insurance a therapist can take. Why choose a therapist that doesn’t take your insurance when many others can? This is one of the first things you should discuss with a therapist before scheduling appointments.
Additionally, you should check your health insurance to see what exactly it can cover when it comes to physical therapy and other specialized treatments.
Thorough Evaluation On the First Visit
Most importantly, you should pay close attention to how your physical therapist approaches your needs when visiting them. Ask yourself:
- Did they conduct a thorough physical examination?
- Did they discover all functional limitations?
- Do they understand my goals?
- Did they set up a realistic and concrete plan that works for me?
After injury or surgery, a physical therapist should help you to get back to feeling your absolute best.