While there are many factors involved in the physiological healing of injury or disease, the patient and physical therapist can control two of the most important: frequency and continuity of care.
Daily physical therapy rehabilitation is common for patients during a hospital stay, inpatient rehabilitation and home care. However it is not common in outpatient therapy. Once a patient returns their normal activities of life and work, they tend to decrease the amount of time they spend healing. While we know that cumulative therapy is best and that you will improve more rapidly with continuity of care, this tends not to become priority. It can be inconvenient having to schedule appointments around work and the daily routines of life. However, for OPTIMAL success in healing, continuous care is necessary. It is our belief that you should be treated THREE (3) times per week (with a minimum of two).
Also, insurance restrictions can make it difficult to receive the amount of care that is considered optimal. In this day of managed care, insurance companies limit the amount of therapy received and the time frame for which this therapy is utilized. This can cause disruption in care, which can prolong the healing process. This makes it that much more important to complete the plan of care as prescribed by your doctor and therapist.