Seeing a physiotherapist is supposed to be very helpful and fulfilling at the same time. Telling your problems and getting an exact answer is another joyous and rewarding experience that every patient wants to witness. Getting in touch with an efficient and knowledgeable physical therapist is like getting yourself an advocate who will answer your queries and fight for you against the diseases.
But if you visit a PT for the first time, it might be quite overwhelming and intimidating for you. What to ask? How to respond? Is this an appropriate question? And so many more questions might float in your head to which you would not have the guts to answer. This uneasiness is quite usual and happens to almost everyone who is visiting to see a physical therapist for the first time. The reason behind this tremble is that you might be thinking that you are required to tell details about your disease and to a person you haven't met before. Isn't this the case?
But you don't have to worry about anything; the therapist might ask a probing question to get a thorough understanding of your disease and illness. So, if you want proper treatment, then prepare yourself to answer those questions.
Your active participation can be therapeutic too!
Therapists try to get as beguiling as they can by making you comfortable and feel at home so that you can be vocal about your illness. Two-way communication is much appreciated in the session, as you are the only one responsible for your well being.
So if you think that you are ready to provide information, you might as well take some! Here is a list of seven most impactful and essential questions that you should and must ask your physical therapist:-
What's the problem with me, and why do I hurt? It would the most appropriate and significant question to start with because everyone has the right to know what has happened to them and what can be done to treat themselves. Also, this is a question that will set a particular image of your therapist inside your mind, and this question can also prove their knowledge in this specific field of medicine. Sense if your therapist reflects a positive vibe into you regarding the alleviation of your disease.
Why did it happen in the first place? As you have your answer to what the disease is, now is the time to know why it happened and how it can be fixed in a shorter period. If you get to know the root of the disease, you can prevent the disease's recurrence by avoiding some day-to-day mistakes. The disease can be acute and chronic, so if you know why it happened, you might be able to stop it once and for all.
Is my condition common? Sometimes patients are diffident about sharing their disease with others because they think they might be suffering from an uncommon disease. Ask your therapist to build some self-confidence and check their confidence if they have treated such a disease in the past. Asking this question is like gifting yourself a ray of hope and confidence: once you know that your therapist has treated the disease in the past, you start trusting them even more!
What can be done from my end? This question shows how willingly and eagerly, you want to cure your illness. You can give your therapist a genuine gesture about your seriousness towards the session by being punctual to the sessions, prior notice if you will be missing any session, doing exercise back at home as per the recommendation, and applying ice or heat as per your therapist's recommendations.
How much time will be needed to get better: This question is a little odd to ask your therapists if you are in your early days of sessions. But it is not an unanswerable question, and a knowledgeable therapist can answer this question by drawing on their past experiences. Be patient with yourself because illness requires time to be cured root.
Should I see a sports therapist? Seeing a physiotherapist is nothing like seeing a sports therapist. Physiotherapy is all about making patients feel comfortable and joyous in their day-to-day life. In contrast, athletes usually take sports therapy to make sure that they maintain their required physical health as per the requirement of their particular sports activity.
What will my therapy necessitate? From the comprehensive assessment of your problems like your medical history to gaining knowledge of what aggravates your symptoms are included in the first few days of your session. The assessment is then followed by a physical checkup like your palpation, balance testing, neurological testing, and any other test needed to read your condition thoroughly. After these introductory sessions, you will be taking regular sessions, including two-way communication between you and your therapist. What's important is to leave each session by achieving a gut feeling that you have worked hard and recovering.