Creating a Step-by-Step Strategy
The decision to go to a physical therapist for pain treatment should not be taken lightly. The pressure of choosing the right one – and paying for it – can be overwhelming. In this article, Jordan Sudberg, outlines a step-by-step strategy that helps patients select the best option for their needs. He also shares how he works with his clients to create a pain management plan tailored to their lifestyles and goals.
a step-by-step strategy
The first step is to know the type of pain you are experiencing. For example, some people might experience pain in their back or neck, while others might feel it in their knees. Once you determine the type of pain you’re having, Dr. Sudberg recommends listing the activities that cause your pain. Factors that can contribute to pain include aging, dehydration, overuse and poor posture just to mention but a few.
The next step is to find a physical therapist who specializes in your area of concern. This includes an occupational therapist who can work with you on activities like work or school and a chiropractor for treatment if needed. If a therapist is not available near where you live, it’s essential to ensure they have a solid online presence, so you know what to expect from them before going through with treatment.
Once finding the right therapist is complete, it’s time to create a plan that works best for your lifestyle and goals. This should include developing long-term and short-term goals and identifying which exercises will help alleviate your specific problem area(s).
Finding the right therapist
Your search for a physical therapist should involve much more than just looking up their number and calling. “First thing to do is to talk to your doctor or primary care physician,” he says. As part of the process, it’s essential to understand what types of services are available and how they work.
The importance of physical therapy
Physical therapy is often the first treatment option for patients who have had surgery or other medical procedures. It’s often the last resort of treatments if pain persists or gets worse.
Often, people don’t know why they need physical therapy or what it means to them as individuals, which can make the decision process difficult. Most people realize late when they are already in pain.
working with clients to create a pain management plan
Pain management requires a lot of thoughtfulness and working with clients to create a pain management plan is the key. Many factors go into creating a successful pain management plan. It starts with assessing the patient’s lifestyle, goals, and personality. It’s crucial to determine what type of pain they’re experiencing – is it chronic or acute? What is their level of activity? Are they on any medications that could affect their pain? Once you know these things, you can find the right treatment option for them. And finally, start with something simple – like diet and exercise – before moving on to more invasive methods like surgery or injections, as Jordan Sudberg suggests.