The goal for our patients at Aquacare Physical Therapy is to achieve as close to a pain-free life as possible and improve mobility, function, and activity tolerance depending on each patient’s diagnosis. Therapists also assist in the distribution and education of a home exercise program that is performed and progresses throughout a patient’s course of physical therapy.
One of the most common reasons for a re-occurrence of symptoms and a return to physical therapy after discharge is because the exercises and activities taught are not continued or performed appropriately by the patient after discharge.
As therapists, our goal is to make our patients as independent as possible with their symptom management. A home exercise program is integral to a patient’s success during and after physical therapy.
Some patients are asked to perform them once a day, some are asked to perform them once a week, and so on depending on your specific needs. The same goes for when a patient is discharged. Once a patient has reached their goals in therapy and has achieved a successful discharge it becomes less of a priority and more of a chore to perform the program…..but let’s review some important key points to achieving and MAINTAINING your success in therapy!
“He who moves not forward, goes backward.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
ASK QUESTIONS. Be clear on what your therapist’s directions are. If you do not understand the frequency or duration of what exercises to perform or when to perform them you will not be successful.
PRACTICE. Make sure to practice your home exercises several times in front of your therapy staff as well as at home to ensure proper technique.
BE PREPARED. Make sure to have any equipment handy that you may need!
Starting in early 2024, Aquacare will offer PT PLUS, which is an in-home physical therapy program for our clients. Learn more and call us to schedule your in-home visit. We can also see patients in their community fitness center or community pool!