Whether you’re a professional athlete or not, physical therapy is the best way to recover from your injuries. Here is what a recommended treatment schedule looks like.
A common question that we get is “How often should I come in for physical therapy?” The simplest way to answer this is by using an analogy. If a professional athlete is injured, they get cared for daily, sometimes multiple times a day. The reason they’re getting that care is that they get better faster. The more time and attention that they get, the faster they will heal.
You’re no different than a professional athlete in that sense. Your body heals the same way as theirs and getting that type of care is important. You don’t need rest days with therapy like you do with training and exercise. Physical therapy is always worked at a submaximal level so that you don’t strain your muscle. You’re just trying to exercise it, engage it, and reduce pain and inflammation. This modified level of exercise allows your body to come back faster so you don’t strain it.
If we can all get physical therapy every day, why don’t we all do it? That’s when life comes in. The professional athlete gets it daily because that’s their job. If you were in a rehab hospital, you would get therapy multiple times a day as well.
Once you’re home, that’s where the difficulty comes in. Being able to get to therapy with all that you’ve got going on can be really difficult.
Ideally, you should be getting therapy every day while you need it, but that’s not always plausible. If you’re able to come in three times a week, however, that’s a great baseline to help speed that healing process. You can’t just come in two times one week and once the next and wonder why you’re not making progress. If you come in regularly and frequently, you’ll be able to manage your busy lifestyle while managing your healing. It’s all about that continuity of care.
If you have any questions for us about physical therapy in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.