Millions of people attend physical therapy every day for one reason or another. Some are referred by medical doctors, others have a chiropractor that works in tandem with a physical therapist, and then there are those who find their way there in search of healing.
Regardless of how someone ends up in physical therapy, the question always arises – how long will my physical therapy be?
Physical Therapy Treatment
Physical therapy treatment uses different techniques that help patients reduce – and even eliminate pain – as well as extend their level of mobility. It is not uncommon for those who have been involved in a car accident, a fall, or a sports injury to seek out the help of a physical therapist.
Whether the pain is acute or chronic, learning certain beneficial exercises can really help with rehabilitation – as well as with regaining a high level of daily functioning.
How Long Does Physical Therapy Last?
It is impossible to give a blanket answer as to how long physical therapy will last. Treatment is very personalized so it greatly depends on the patient. On average, most find relief after 6 – 8 visits. However, some may have conditions that involve the need for more intense therapy and for longer periods of time, while others aren’t as in-depth or lengthy. Not to mention that there are different types of treatments that physical therapists use to help restore proper functioning.
In addition to the treatment itself, every person heals at a different rate. Someone may only need physical therapy for a minor shoulder injury, but the length of treatment could last longer than expected due to a slow rate of healing. The same is true for someone requiring a lot of physical therapy – if he or she heals at a fast rate, treatment time could be less than expected.
The frequency of your sessions will also depend on the extent of your injuries, your condition, and your need for treatment. After assessing your situation, your physical therapist will be able to determine an ideal schedule for your appointments. For instance, you may attend therapy sessions 2 to 3 times per week and then spread them out further as your body begins to respond to treatment. Most appointments are 30 minutes long, on average. Again, this is just a very broad idea of treatment, as your therapist will be able to provide you with a more specific treatment plan designed just for you.
It is important to remember that consistency is key when it comes to healing and regaining your mobility and function. The more you attend your appointments and follow through with the at-home exercises, the greater chance you have of success.
The team at Elite Performance work with patients to create a plan and set goals to work toward. The idea is for each patient to heal and make a full recovery – regardless of how long it takes. So, instead of focusing on a finish date, the focus is on meeting the goal. This may happen quickly or it may take time.
Physical Therapy at Elite Performance Chiropractic
At Elite Performance Chiropractic, we use the most advanced, research-based therapies to provide our patients with the highest level of treatment. We have a team consisting of chiropractors who are trained in advanced sports medicine and physical therapy, and massage therapists to give you the best overall healing experience.
To learn more, give us a call at (312) 573-1800. Or, if you are ready to get started, book an appointment online.