Getting injured, whether it's a workplace injury or a sports injury, can be really frustrating. This guide explains three vital questions you should ask your physiotherapist in order to get the most out of your sessions with them and to make your recovery as easy as possible.
How Long Will My Recovery Take?
It's unlikely that your physiotherapist will be able to tell you exactly when you'll be fully recovered, but they will be able to give you a general idea. They will also be able to give you an idea of whether you will make a full recovery, or whether you will always have to be careful with the injured part of your body. Asking about your recovery time and what the road to recovery looks like can be really helpful if you want to plan certain things, such as a holiday or your return to work. You should also ask your physiotherapist about any sports or exercise event you want to take part in, such as a marathon, to see if they think it's a realistic goal.
What Can I Do Between Sessions to Improve?
Your physiotherapist will probably give you stretches or exercises to do between sessions, but if they don't, that's definitely something you should ask about. This will reinforce what you've been doing in sessions and speed up your healing process by helping you get stronger and more mobile. However, doing the wrong exercises could bring a risk of further injury. Ask your physiotherapist what you should be doing, and make sure that they demonstrate the exercises to you so you know exactly what to do and how often. You might also ask if there's anything you should avoid, such as running or heavy lifting.
How Can I Avoid Similar Injuries in Future?
Some injuries don't happen for any specific reason and are just the result of an unpreventable accident. However, sometimes accidents happen because of unsafe lifting, bad running technique or poor posture. Your physiotherapist will be able to examine your situation and give you advice on how to avoid future injuries. For example, there are lifting techniques, such as the ones explained by Shout Out Safety, that will allow you to lift heavy items without injury, and you can learn them. They might also be able to teach you how to sit and walk to avoid strain, or how to improve your running or sports techniques.
By talking about your recovery timeline, finding out what you can do between sessions and working out how to avoid recurring injuries, you can make the most of your sessions with a physiotherapy specialist.