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Two habits of highly successful post-surgical rehab patients

December 6th, 2018
Post-Surgical Rehab

The success of post-surgical rehab often rests with the work a patient puts into physical therapy. However, it can be hard to find the motivation to go to physical therapy after a procedure. After surgery, there can be a great deal of pain and discomfort. You may want to rest and relax, but it is important to get up and tp move as soon as you are medically cleared to do so to help speed up the recovery process. Rehab Access shares a couple of habits of highly successful post-surgical rehab patients.

Ask questions

It can be tempting when at a physical therapy session to just put your head down and get through it as quickly as possible. After all, you want to get done as quickly as possible and back to your daily routine. Asking questions may invite extra work or exercises the therapist may want you to do in your own time.

The good thing about asking questions is that helps the physical therapist understand your treatment concerns. This will also help keep the patient and the therapist on the same page when it comes to treatment goals. Asking questions also shows you are engaged in your post-surgical rehab and are active in achieving your rehabilitative goals.

Keep a journal

While this habit may seem unorthodox, especially to patients who are not usually prone to writing, there are several benefits to keeping a treatment journal including:

  • Monitor and track progress of goals
  • Record questions or concerns you may have for the therapist
  • Helps cope with the stress and anxiety of recovering from surgery

In addition to these benefits, you will also have a memento of your journey that you can look back on when facing a difficult time and remember what you have been able to overcome in the past.

Post-surgical rehab with Rehab Access

The physical therapists of Rehab Access are passionate about helping people with their post-surgical rehab goals and regain their pre-surgery quality of life. If you or a loved one is considering surgery in the near future, contact Rehab Access today to set up your initial appointment to discuss your treatment options.