I have always been in pretty good health, so I was surprised one day when my doctor told me my blood pressure was a bit high. She told me to begin watching my salt intake, start exercising, and to try to relax. Well, I intended to follow her advice when I left her office, but the next day I was back to my same habits. I kept using the salt shaker and didn't begin an exercise routine like I had planned. When I went for my next check-up, she told me that my blood pressure was even higher and approaching a dangerous level. I had to begin a blood pressure medication to manage it. I wanted to create a blog to share my story and remind people to listen to their doctors' advice. If a few lifestyle changes can improve your health, then you should make them.
Did you go to your family doctor because you have been experiencing severe pain in your derriere? If so, you might have even been a bit shy about telling him or her what was bothering you. Then, when you described your pain, it was no big deal to your doctor, was it? After all, doctors see all kinds of cases during their workday, right? Hopefully, the doctor was still appropriately concerned.
Maybe you went in with the expectation that back or hip surgery would be performed to alleviate your pain. When your doctor told you that was not the case, maybe you had mixed emotions. On the one hand, maybe you were disappointed that there wasn't going to be a quick fix. On the other hand, you were probably extremely relieved. So, what do I do? might have been your next question. if your doctor told you that he or she was referring you to a physical therapist, maybe you don't know exactly what to expect. If that's the case, from the initial visit to at-home exercises, here is some information that might help you.
Your Initial Visit to See a Physical Therapist
When you go to the physical therapy office the first time, it might seem very much like your visit to see your primary care doctor. You'll be weighed and you'll have to fill out a lot of paperwork, including your personal contact information, those who would be contacted in the event of an emergency and all your insurance data.
In addition, you'll probably be asked to grade your pain on a scale of one to ten. That will be super important for the therapist to know, as it will be an indicator of how much you are improving along the way.
Don't be at all surprised if you start your physical therapy on your first visit. On the other hand, you might just be told about the procedures that you will be doing each time you visit the physical therapy facility. Don't hesitate to ask questions or to voice concerns you might have.
A Lot of Your Success Depends on You
That's a pretty obvious statement, isn't it? Isn't that pretty much true about anything you do that is worthwhile in your life? If you are asked to go to physical therapy three times a week, don't miss your appointments. You will probably be asked to do some of the same exercises at home, between visits. It might be bothersome and time-consuming to carry out that assignment, but it will make a big difference in the way you improve.
As you proceed in your therapy, the visits might be taken down to just once a week. However, you'll still be asked to continue doing them as often as you can at home. The therapist might tell you that doing your assigned exercises five days out of seven is a pretty good performance on your part. You'll more than likely be amazed at how rapidly you start to feel better. While you might have indicated a Ten Plus pain level on your first visit, you'll probably start reporting much lower levels, until finally, you are pain-free.Share
26 June 2019