It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so there’s a lot of talk about luck! But when it comes to physical therapy and getting the most of out of your rehab, hard work is much more important than luck. We like this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I find of it.”
When a physician refers a patient to physical [or occupational] therapy, you may think that the therapist will be doing the work, moving and manipulating the patient’s arms and legs to help regain their full use. In reality, it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance on the patient’s part to regain strength and function.
To recover as fully as possible and to maximize physical therapy benefits, the patient must be an active participant in the therapy. Each patient’s treatment plan will be based on an individualized, written treatment plan developed for the patient’s diagnosis, symptoms, and the findings after an evaluation by the physical [or occupational] therapist. The treatment plan will include specific goals with measurable objectives to demonstrate physical and functional improvement through therapy.