How will you meet a good physiotherapist? Oh yeah… that’s a good question. Is your physical therapist a professional who will definitely help you? How to distinguish the good ones from the one who wants to get a few private visits (and private cash) from you, help you little, and make you “secure your future”?
1. First contact.
The first visit to a physiotherapy office is crucial. A decent physical therapist should represent what you come to him for health (both mental and physical!). Let’s face it … in the first minutes of getting to know each other, each of us judges the other person by their appearance, and no one (at least I) wants to be treated by a person weighing 120 kg, with the efficiency and fitness of an American burger fan and spending free time horizontally in front of the TV.
If you have initially assessed that I have just described your physiotherapist, you have the right to think about whether you are in the right place. Of course … the therapist is also a human being, his overweight and inability may result from the disease, but in my experience the most common disease in these cases is SLOTH. Are you sure you want to be treated by a lazy person?
2. Approach to the patient.
The main rule of this point: the physiotherapist NEVER DRUGS. He’s not the one who comes with the pain, and he’s not the complainant in this “relationship.” Our task during the first visit is to listen carefully and build trust through positive energy and giving you accurate advice. Here’s a link to the first point: mental health is just as important as physical (if not more important) health. If you go to a physiotherapist suffering from depression after losing his beloved cat, your cat may die too. If not a cat, you will certainly not get the hope that this specialist will help you.
The second thing is patience. Patience for you and for you. If the therapist cannot take the time to explain how and why he will work with you, you will not get far in one wheelchair. A good physiologist knows how important your awareness of the course of future therapy is and should spend a few precious minutes on you and answer the questions that have been bothering you for a long time. If not all, then at least a few of the key ones. For this, I need something else …
Here we get to the heart of the matter. Who would be a person with all of the above characteristics, but not knowledgeable about your injury? Probably a great seller or… a great scammer. Knowledge is the most difficult thing to evaluate when it comes to your physical therapist. You can be guided by his experience and the number of courses he has taken, this will give you general information on whether his knowledge is updated on an ongoing basis and whether he treats his profession seriously.
It is the responsibility of a good physiotherapist to constantly update knowledge
Also, the place where the specialist works says a lot about his knowledge. Good, reputable clinics do not allow themselves to be bastards who damage their reputation as a class facility. Although I would not take it as a key determinant here as well, because some excellent physiotherapists open their small activities and admit individual patients. Is that all? Of course not!
If the specialist you work with speaks to you in a language that you completely do not understand, then he probably does not understand it either. A good physical therapist presents the situation clearly, simply, and clearly, maintaining, of course, full professionalism and using medical names that he can explain to you in a friendly way. If you don’t understand something, keep exploring the topic until you get a nice and substantive answer. After all, that’s what you came to see that physical therapist for, right?
4. Effectiveness in practice.
Without knowledge there is no effectiveness, you already know that. However, without effectiveness in practice, is your therapist’s knowledge and useful for you? You know the answer (it is: change therapist!). Of course, I don’t mean that you are to be miraculously healed on your first visit after an injury and that your pain must go away.
A physiotherapist is your rehabilitation is not a pudding from a packet, which always comes out the same. Sometimes it is a very long stage, but it is the duty of a good therapist to monitor the progress of your work and present it diligently. You have to be like the Director of the Board (just… nice?), You have to demand results and commitment to the cause. If they are not there and you feel
If your Physiotherapist meets the last two of the described requirements and has at least one of the features presented in the first two paragraphs, then you can expect professional cooperation and good results. Does your specialist fall within these criteria?
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