Physical therapy is important after surgery, a physical injury, and when dealing with an ongoing condition, such as arthritis, cancer, or stroke. At H2 Health, we advocate for patients, so they receive the right therapies and the education they need for the best possible therapeutic outcomes. In this blog, you can learn about the important elements of patient education in physical therapy.
Accentuate the Positives of Patient Education
The Functional Capacity Evaluation, or FCE, gives both patient and therapist valuable information about the chronic disease or injury that brings the individual to the clinic. Through precise assessments and measures of range of motion, muscular strength, balance, gait, and more, the therapist can get a clear picture of the patient’s strengths and weaknesses.
While one of the goals of PT is to improve upon physical and cognitive weaknesses, it is very important – and encouraging – to show the patient how existing skills, knowledge, and physical abilities can be leveraged. Strengths the patient already has can help them in recovery, independence, freedom of movement, and pain reduction.
In short, physical therapists clearly explain therapeutic expectations and show their patients positive ways to live well as they recover. Therapists advocate for real, evidence-based ways to build skills for the best possible independence, health, and overall well-being.
Communicate the Benefits and Expected Results of Physical Therapy
As a program of physical therapy begins and continues toward stated therapeutic goals, a real pattern of open and detailed communication should develop between the therapist and patient. The therapist must tell the individual how progress is being made and what adjustments should happen to continue that progress.
Accordingly, the therapist also should emphasize the importance of self-care at home – that is, the exercises and skills the patient should be practicing outside the PT clinic on a daily basis. Physical therapy works toward patient safety and prevention of additional injuries or re-injuries. How does this happen? It happens through improving awareness of the patient’s physical environment at home and on the job. Ultimately, this leads to a safer and more independent lifestyle.
Educate With Compassion
A skilled physical therapist listens to a patient’s concerns and communicates with a high level of empathy. Additionally, the therapist should report to the individual’s other healthcare providers and caregivers about concerns, setbacks, and achievements. Physical therapy never happens in isolation, but rather as part of a multi-pronged approach to rehabilitation. The physical therapist’s role is at the heart of recovery and continued well-being.
Patient Education Involves Reading Materials and Visuals
Can a patient benefit from referral to a medical website, DVD demonstration of exercises, or brochures? Yes, these materials give insight into their physical condition and expected recovery. Physical therapists have many ways and means in their “toolboxes” to support and educate patients.
Information empowers people, giving patients a deeper understanding of their conditions and the road to recovery. Plus, educational materials give the therapist and patient talking points about skill improvement, assistive devices, fall prevention, and more.
Physical Therapy in Kentucky
At H2 Health, our team of physical therapists see how important our care plans are and how they foster physical wellness and emotional and mental well-being no matter the age of the patient or their condition or injury. We make sure that everyone feels comfortable during the healing journey by providing a supportive environment for all of our patients. With us you can expect knowledgeable care backed up by expertise that puts the patient first.
If you would like to know more about PT and how it can help you, please contact H2 Health at (800) 699-9395 for an informative and friendly conversation. We have locations in Kentucky, Florida, and throughout the United States. Or, you may request your visit here. We look forward to meeting you!