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What Should You NOT Say to Your Physical Therapist?

By February 21, 2013

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As a physical therapist, I enjoy working with patients to help them improve functional mobility and decrease pain after injury or illness. It is a rewarding career to be able to work closely with people to help make a positive impact on someon'e life.

One of the benefits of physical therapy is that PTs spend quite a bit of time with their patients. In a healthcare environment where you may only spend 5 minutes with your doctor (if you're lucky), you likely will spend an hour or two a week with your physical therpist while recovering from an injury. This allows you to develop a rapport with your physical therapist, and that can help foster a positive, healing relationship.

After you get to know your physical therapist, you may feel like you can say just about anything to him or her. But there are a few things that you should be careful about saying to your PT. Here are a few items:

  • When do I get the rubdown?
  • My pain level is 15/10.
  • You're a really good trainer.

Check out the full article to see more things that you should NOT say to your physical therapist!

The "What Not to Say" piece is part of a special series of informative articles by About.com Health Guides. Take a look at what other Health Guides have to share about "What Not to Say" in this great article by Christine Luff, About.com Guide to Running!

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