Is a treatment plan really necessary? Can’t you just fix me today?
Well, no. We’re good, but not that good. The body is a marvellous piece of machinery and will do everything in its power to heal itself as quickly as possible when injured. So if you come to us in a lot of pain, or with limited movement, it’s either because something has gone awry in the bodies healing process or (more likely), you are doing something to slow down it’s normal healing process.
It is incredibly common for clients to come in with a problem or in pain and expect to be pain-free by the end of that session. Whilst we endeavour to do our absolute best to try and ease your pain as much as humanly possible in the short time frame we have (after we have chatted to you; asked about your weekend; found out how you injured yourself; whether you’ve done it before; all the symptoms you are getting that you may not even realise are related to this issue; find out what you do for work; for fun; to ease the pain; and THEN done all our assessments to confirm that the injury is indeed what we are suspecting), we will always prioritise time to diagnose correctly and educate you on the injury over treating you.
Firstly (and very importantly!!) I can’t treat an injury if I don’t know what injury I’m meant to be treating! A proper diagnosis is necessary for recovery.
YOU are the person who will aid your recovery the most. If you don’t understand what is going on and what your body is trying to achieve in the healing process, then you can’t assist the process. You see your physio for half an hour (if you’re lucky) three times a week normally (max) for an acute injury. That’s 1.5hrs out of your 168hour week that we have to fix you. You can see how the power is really in your hands.
What do you mean by a treatment plan?
Let’s skip to the end of the first session. By this point, your physio should have a very solid idea of what is going on. They should sit you down and explain it all to you so that by the end of the first session, YOU have a very solid idea of what is going on. If you leave your initial session with a physio and couldn’t go home and tell your bestie what is wrong and what has to happen to fix it, then march back in and ask them to explain it all again.
Your treatment plan is what is going to guide your treatment to get you back to whatever goal you have – whether it’s to return to the sport you play, be able to pick up your baby without any pain, or sit at the desk without a headache. It should outline how frequently you need to see your physio, what you are going to do in these sessions (briefly – are they going to be spent on exercise rehab or getting dry needling?). They should list a couple of exercises for you to take home and begin to implement that day. The importance of this plan is paramount:
It gives you a solid guideline to follow so you have a realistic timeframe and plan to get you back to where you need to be.
It gives your physio a solid plan to follow so that you’re not just coming in and getting the same treatment every time. Your plan should progress and evolve as your symptoms improve and change.
The treatment plan should be realistic for you, the physio treating you and for the injury you’re suffering from. So if you see a physio and you don’t leave with a treatment plan, ask them to sit down and explain what their plan of attack is - if they can’t do that, get yourself to a new physio pronto.
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