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3 Ways to Commit to Your Physical Therapy Homework

Keeping up with your daily routine can be hard enough when you’re living with chronic pain or recovering from an injury or surgery. Fortunately, keeping up with a physical therapy routine helps you manage your pain better and recover faster.

One major factor of physical therapy is the at-home “homework”, also call the at-home exercise plan, that a physical therapist will assign to you as a part of your treatment. However, research shows that more than 35% of physical therapy patients don’t commit to their physical therapy “homework” or at-home routine. In order for treatment to work, patients need to commit to doing the work, after they leave the clinic.

Here’s 3 Ways to Commit to Your Physical Therapy Home Exercise Program 

  1. Purpose – Think about all the activities you use to do pain free. Gardening, biking, or something as simple as walking may come to mind. At PROCare Physical Therapy we help you find a purpose, so that you can create goals and have something to strive for during your physical therapy treatment.
  2. Be Honest – You can tell your physical therapist that you didn’t do your “homework”, in fact, they might know before you even tell them. If you’re having a hard time doing certain exercises or don’t understand how to do them correctly, just be honest and ask for help. We are always willing to adjust your home exercise program so that it works for you. The only way you will get better, faster is if you and your physical therapist work together.
  3. Plan – The number one reason patients don’t do their homework is, “I didn’t have any time.” Whether it’s when you first wake up, before or after lunch, while watching TV or before you go to bed, taking 10 minutes to complete your exercises is worth it. At PROCare Physical Therapy we’ll even help assign you exercises that you can accomplish throughout your busy day, and help you commit to your treatment.

 

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