I sometimes get email from readers who are looking for specific information, and recently I got a message from someone who suffered a fracture. She wrote about how she had two very different physical therapy experiences.
In her first go round of physical therapy, she went to a therapist who was treating multiple patients at one time. Aides appeared to be helping the patients, but they were not able to answer many questions. It sounded a bit like a factory, and very little personal attention was paid to each individual patient.
The second physical therapy experience my reader described seemed a lot different. She and her therapist devisd a plan of care together, and this plan included what sounded like a lot of self-care with regular "check-ups" in the clinic to make sure that she was on track for success.
The first experience that my reader described seemed a little impersonal. That's not to say that all patients who attend physical therapy at that particular clinic are doomed. Rather, some patients want a certain level of personalized care and attention (rightfully so).
So how do you know what type of physical therapy experience you are getting yourself into when you make that first appointment? First and foremost, ask questions. There are essential questions to ask to ensure that your experience will be the best one for your specific condition and needs.
Second, if your physical therapy experience isn't meeting your needs, find a different physical therapist. Don't be afraid to find the right PT for you, even if it means stopping your care at one clinic to receive care at a different clinic.