If you experience increased pain or discomfort after a physical therapy session, take appropriate steps to address the issue and ensure your well-being.
Here are some steps you can take if physical therapy makes your pain worse…
- Communicate with Your Physical Therapist: Reach out to your physical therapist and inform them about the increased pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. Clear communication is essential so that they can modify your treatment plan accordingly.
- Identify Potential Triggers: Identify specific exercises or movements during the physical therapy session that might have caused the increased pain. This information can be valuable for your physical therapist to tailor the treatment plan.
- Rest and Ice: Give your body time to rest and use ice packs on the affected area to help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Apply the ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours as needed.
- Avoid Aggravating Activities: Avoid activities or movements that worsen your pain until you’ve discussed them with your physical therapist.
- Follow Any Recommended Home Exercises: If your physical therapist has prescribed home exercises or stretches, ensure you perform them correctly and as instructed.
- Take Pain Medication as Directed: Over-the-counter pain medication may provide temporary relief if your pain is significant. Follow the recommended dosage and consult your healthcare provider for any concerns.
- Keep Your Physical Therapist Informed: As you recover, keep your physical therapist updated on your progress, any changes in your pain level, or if certain activities seem to be helping or worsening the pain.
- Consider a Reevaluation: If the increased pain persists or becomes more severe, discuss with your physical therapist the possibility of a reevaluation to reassess your condition and treatment plan.
- Seek Medical Advice: If the increased pain is concerning or does not improve with rest and self-care measures, consider seeking advice from your healthcare provider or another healthcare professional to get a comprehensive evaluation.
It’s not uncommon for some discomfort or mild soreness to occur after physical therapy, especially in the early stages of treatment. Significant or persistent worsening of pain should be taken seriously and addressed promptly. Your physical therapist is there to guide and support you throughout the recovery process, and open communication with them is key to ensuring that your treatment is adjusted appropriately to suit your needs and comfort level.